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THE COMPANY STORE

THE INSTITUTION KNOWN AS THE COMPANY STORE, IMMORTALIZED IN THE
SONG "SIXTEEN TONS" STILL EXISTS.
WHILE THOUGHT TO BE SOMETHING OUT OF THE PAST, OWING ITS FAME TO THE
SONG, WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THE COPPER COUNTRY OF ARIZONA, I CAME
UPON ONE OPERATED BY PHELPS_DODGE CORPORATION. UPON TALKING TO SOME
OF THE EMPLOYEES, I FOUND THAT THE BASIC CONCEPT IS STILL THE SAME
AS THE NOTORIOUS STORES OF THE EASTERN MOUNTAIN "COAL TOWNS" _ THE
EMPLOYEE CAN BUY FROM THE COMPANY AND HAVE HIS BILL (WHICH, FROM
PRICING THE ITEMS, WOULD BE A BIT HIGH) PAID BY DEDUCTIONS FROM HIS
PAYCHECK (WITH INTEREST}), OF COURSE, TODAY THE MINER IS NOT
COMPELED TO BUY THERE.

Where learned: Arizona ; DOUGLAS-BISBEE

Keyword(s): COPPER COAL TOWNS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
DON AMECHE
DON AMECHE WHO?
I'LL BE DON AMECHE ( DOWN TO MEET YA ) IN THE CAB HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MOVIE PERSONALITY ; SONG TITLE: DARKTOWN STRUTTERS BALL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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JOKE

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE GIRL WHO WENT TO THE BEACH AND BAKED
HERSELF UNDER THE HOT SUN FOR SIX HOURS? SHE WANTED TO BE
THE TOAST OF THE TOWN.

James Callow Keyword(s): TOAST OF THE TOWN: CELEBRITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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VILLAGE OF BERTRAND LEGEND

ANOTHER LOCAL LEGEND HAS TO DO WITH THE VILLAGE OF
BERTRAND {MICHIGAN} JUST OVER THE STATE LINE IN
MICHIGAN. IT WAS A THRIVING CITY, ON A PAR WITH SOUTH
BEND IN THE MID-19TH CENTURY. IT IS REPORTED THAT
ONE OF OUR PRIESTS SOUGHT SHELTER THERE ONE NIGHT, AND
WAS TURNED AWAY BY THE CITIZENS. HE IS SUPPOSED TO
HAVE PUT A CURSE ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD. TODAY, WHERE
ONCE A FLOURISHING TOWN, THERE IS NOTHING BUT OPEN
FIELDS. THE CHAPEL THERE WAS ALSO BROKEN INTO, AND
DESECRATED (THIS IS A FACT). THE ALTAR WAS LATER
BROUGHT DOWN TO NOTRE DAME AND PLACED IN THE LOG CHAPEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; INDIANA, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DEATH OF TOWN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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VILLAGE OF BERTRAND LEGEND

ANOTHER LOCAL LEGEND HAS TO DO WITH THE VILLAGE OF
BERTRAND {MICHIGAN} JUST OVER THE STATE LINE IN
MICHIGAN. IT WAS A THRIVING CITY, ON A PAR WITH SOUTH
BEND IN THE MID-19TH CENTURY. IT IS REPORTED THAT
ONE OF OUR PRIESTS SOUGHT SHELTER THERE ONE NIGHT, AND
WAS TURNED AWAY BY THE CITIZENS. HE IS SUPPOSED TO
HAVE PUT A CURSE ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD. TODAY, WHERE
ONCE A FLOURISHING TOWN, THERE IS NOTHING BUT OPEN
FIELDS. THE CHAPEL THERE WAS ALSO BROKEN INTO, AND
DESECRATED (THIS IS A FACT). THE ALTAR WAS LATER
BROUGHT DOWN TO NOTRE DAME AND PLACED IN THE LOG CHAPEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; INDIANA, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DEATH OF TOWN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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Expression

Paint the town red, or, go out on the town.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): COLOR ; Entertainment ; Expression ; Language ; Out ; Paint ; Red ; Saying ; Term ; Town

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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