Cut open the squash, take out the seeds and without paring cut it up into large pieces; put the pieces on tins or in a dripping-pan, place in a moderately hot oven and bake about an hour. When done, peel and mash like mashed POTATOES, or serve the pieces hot on a dish, to be eaten warm with butter like sweet POTATOES. It retains its sweetness much better baked this way than when boiled.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)