OK, here's the recipe for my friend Shirley, and anyone else who'd interested.
DE LUXE GINGERBREAD
(from Betty Crocker's 1960's picture cook book)
Mix together thoroughly: 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg Blend in: 3/4 cup dark molasses 1 cup sour milk (you can sour milk by adding a tablespoon or two of vinegar to fresh milk)
Sift together and stir in: 2 1/4 cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon
mix well; pour in greased and floured 9" square pan, bake at 325 for 45 to 50 minutes.