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I LOVE COFFEE, I LOVE TEA
MOST OF ALL I LOVE VICTORY.
KEEP THE GARDEN GROWING
BY THE DAILY TASK OF HOEING.
TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN THE CITY THAT ARE LAZY
WHILE YOU IN THE FIELD GET HAZY
YOUR FOR VICTORY

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

James Callow Keyword(s): WAR SLOGANS VICTORY GARDENS WORLD WAR II

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 07-11-1943

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
YOU HAVE A NOSE LIKE A B-32 (B-52?)

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): BOMBER PLANE USED DURING WORLD WAR II

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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BELIEF

MIT GOTT FANG AN MIT GOTT IST ALLES WOHLGETAN.
IF YOU DON'T FORGET GOD IN YOUR DAILY TASKS, EVERYTHING WILL
COME OUT WELL. TRANSLATION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS MARTIN LUTHER WAS FIRST TO POPULARIZE THIS
PROVERB. THIS VERY OLD GERMAN SAYING IS FOUND IN MANY BOOKS
EITHER HAND WRITTEN OR ENTERED BY THE PRINTER. IN FACT INFORMANT
SAID THIS SAYING APPEARED IN HER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN'>
TEXT BOOKS AFTER W.W. II IN MUNICH GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; WORLD WAR II

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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ITALIAN JOKE

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WHO PUT SIX BULLET HOLES IN MUSSILLINI'S BODY?
1000 ITALIAN SHARPSHOOTERS.

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HEARD IN U. OF D.'S STUDENT UNION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DURING WORLD WAR II. ; MOUSSOLINI ; MOUSSOLINI, ALSO KNOWN AS IL DUCE, WAS THE HEAD OF STATE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 03-09-1967

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HOLD UP HANDS AS IF SURRENDERING-WHAT'S THIS?
AN ITALIAN PREPARING FOR WORLD WAR III.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): ETHNIC SLUR ; Italian ; Surrender ; WORLD WAR II

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 04-00-1972

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THE TURN OF THE CENTURY FOUND A GREAT DEAL OF THE
PRAIRIE LAND OF THE DAKOTAS OPEN FOR SETTLEMENT
THROUGH THE HOMESTEAD ACT. THIS ARID LAND WAS FAR
FROM THE BEST FOR FARMING. MY PARENTS TOOK ADVANTAGE
OF THIS ONLY TO FIND OUT YOU COULD ONLY EXPECT ONE
GOOD CROP EVERY SEVEN YEARS. AFTER THREE YEARS OF
FARMING THE LAND, IT BECAME THEIRS AND THEY SOLD IT
AND MOVED TO THE SMALL TOWN OF LEMON, S. DAKOTA, WHERE
I WAS BORN. ONE OF THE FEW MEMORIES I HAVE OF THE
DAKOTAS ARE THE MANY PRAIRIE FIRES IN THE HOT MONTHS
OF THE YEAR. THESE FIRES WOULD CREEP ALONG THE GROUND
AND TAKE EVERYTHING IN ITS WAY. WHEN A FIRE WAS SPOTTED
EVERY ABLE-BODIED MAN WOULD GO OUT TO FIGHT THE FIRES.
THESE WERE BLAMED ON THE MANY RUSSIANS WHO LIVED IN THE
AREA. I DOUBT IF THERE WAS EVEN ANY PROOF OF THE
RUSSIANS BEING RESPONSIBLE, AS THIS WAS AT A TIME
WHEN WORLD WAR I WAS GOING ON IN EUROPE AND THE U.S.
HAD NOT YET BEEN INVOLVED. A MORE LOGICAL REASON, WHICH
WAS PROVED ON MANY OCCASIONS WAS SPARKS FROM LOCOMO-
TIVES. ON ONE OCCASION, EVERY BODY HAD TO LEAVE TOWN
AS THE FIRE WAS ON THREE SIDES OF THE TOWN AND ONLY ONE
ROAD WAS USABLE AS AN EXIT.
MOVING FROM DAKOTA TO MINNESOTA WAS LIKE TRAVELING
FROM ONE WORLD TO ANOTHER, FOR THE CITY LIFE IN MINN-
ESOTA WAS VERY MODERN. IT WAS EVEN POSSIBLE TO GET ICE
DELIVERED TO THE HOUSE THREE TIMES A WEEK. THIS WAS
SUFFICIENT SERVICE TO KEEP THE ICEBOX COLD ALL OF THE
TIME AND THE VEGETABLE WAGON WITH ITS RINGING BELL
WAS A WELCOME SIGHT FOR THE HOUSEWIFE, AS IT WAS A
CHANCE TO BARGAIN FOR FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
IN SEASON. AS TIME WENT ON, MODERNIZATION SET IN AND
THE MILKMAN, ICEMAN AND VEGETABLE MAN CHANGED FROM
HORSE DRAWN CARTS TO TRUCKS BEFORE THEY EVENTUALLY
DISAPPEARED ALTOGETHER.
WITH THE ADVENT OF THE CAR, THE MAIL MAN ON THE ROAD
NO LONGER HAD THE RIGHT OF WAY AS A MATTER OF RESPECT.
MY GRANDFATHER ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE NEVER KNEW FOR SURE
JUST HOW OLD HE WAS OR WHEN HIS BIRTHDAY WAS, SO, WHEN
HE MARRIED, HE TOOK HIS WIFE'S BIRTHDAY AS HIS. AS
NEAR AS HE COULD RECALL, HE WAS ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE
YEARS OF AGE WHEN HIS PARENTS WERE MURDERED FOR THEIR
MONEY. HE WAS PLACED IN A CHICAGO ORPHANAGE WITH A
YOUNGER SISTER. HOW MANY YEARS HE SPENT IN THIS
ORPHANAGE IS NOT EXACTLY KNOWN, BUT IN HIS EARLY DAYS
HE WORKED ON A RIVERBOAT BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND
MINNEAPOLIS. LATER, HE WAS WORKING AS A FARMHAND
IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA, WHERE HE MET AND MARRIED
HIS LIFETIME PARTNER. ALL ATTEMPTS TO LOCATE HIS
SISTER WERE OF NO AVAIL, AS ALL RECORDS WERE LOST IN
THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE.

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Keyword(s): America ; CROPS ; Dakota ; FARMING ; Homestead Act ; Migration ; Modernization ; Prairie ; Russian ; Settlement ; Wildfire ; World War I ; WWI

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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