1849 - Legend says that a miner from a California gold town called Shirttail Bend wandered into the Cary Hose Hotel in Hangtown and demanded to have the most expensive meal they had. Eggs and oysters were the most costly ingredients they had at the time so the cook came up with this little recipe.
1 dozen small oysters
Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
Dry the oysters on a towel. Dip each in seasoned flour then in beaten egg, then in cracker crumbs Fry in butter until crumbs are brown.
Beat the 8 eggs, pour into frying pan where oysters remain. Cook until firm then flop over and cook other side.