So there is this show and tell that started on Mason-Dixon Knitting. I found my mother's first cookbook (I know it's not a recipe box, but I don't remember Mom or even Grandma having a box). So here is the book...
It has a copyright of 1942. And below is the nameplate. Sorry it's blurry. She got this before she married my dad obviously.
Here is a simple recipe from the book that I remember...
12 tart cooking apples
5 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Wash, peel, core, and quarter apples. Put them in saucepan. Half cover with cold water. Bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and let simmer until tender. Stir in sugar and salt. Cook 5 minutes more. Mash apples with a spoon or force through a sieve. chill. If desired a little lemon juice, cinnamon, or nutmeg may be added after cooking. Serves 6.