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VALENTINE'S DAY

IN THE GIRLS' BOARDING SCHOOL I WENT TO, EVERY VALENTINES DAY IS
CELEBRATED BY A PARTY WHERE A SKIT, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THE
JUNIOR CLASS IS GIVEN.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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POLISH EASTER CUSTOM

TRADITIONALLY POLISH AMERICANS OF MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN BRING A
BASKET OF FRUIT TO THE CHURCH EASTER SUNDAY TO BE BLESSED. THE
PURPOSE IS TO INSURE GOOD CROPS FOR THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S GRANDPARENTS ARE POLISH-AMERICAN AND ANUALLY TAKE
PART IN THE CUSTOM IN MILWAUKEE.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S PUNCTUATION HAS BEEN CORRECTED BY THE KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; OSHKOSH

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

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STORY ABOUT JEWISH PEDDLAR

THERE USED TO BE A FEW JEWS THAT MADE THE COUNTRY ROADS AND
SOLD HOUSE BROOMS AND CLOTHING, SOME EVEN HAD APPLES, POTATOES AND
FISH. THEY WOULD ALSO BUY OLD COINS AND RAGS. THEY CAME IN REAL
COMMON CLOTHES, BUT BACK HOME THEY OWNED A BIG NEW HOME AND A
LARGE AUTOMOBILE.

James Callow comment: SPELLING OF CLOTHES AND OWNED CORRECTED.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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WHEN IT RAINS ON A MARRIED COUPLE, AS THEY COME OUT OF CHURCH,
THEY WILL BE BLESSED WITH RICHES.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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EVERY DAY AFTER JANUARY FIRST GETS THE LENGTH OF
A ROOSTER GROW LONGER.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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MY DEAREST MABELLA,

NELLE IS MY NAME
SAVANNA IS MY STATION.
ST. MARY'S IS THE PLACE WHERE I RECEIVED MY EDUCATION.
REMEMBER EARLY,
REMEBER LATE,
REMEMBER ME AR THE GOLDEN GATE.

YOUR FRIEND,
NELLE NOLAN
SAVANNA, ILLINOIS

FROM THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT BY MABELLE FREUND AROUND 1910-11
IN ADELL AND MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. GIVEN TO THE ARCHIVE BY HER
DAUGHTER, MRS. MARY ANDRECOVICH.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; MILWAUKEE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 01-29-1911

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DEAR MABELLE,

DRINK YOUR COFFEE,
DRINK YOUR TEA,
DRINK IT HOT
AND FOR-GET-ME-NOT.

FROM YOUR FRIEND,
MARY WATRY
STA. DRIVE R#1
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

FROM THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT BY MABELLE FREUND AROUND 1910-11
IN ADELL AND MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. GIVEN TO THE ARCHIVE BY HER
DAUGHTER, MRS. MARY ANDRECOVICH.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; MILWAUKEE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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MY DEAR MABELLA,

ROSES SMELL SWEET,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU..

FROM YOUR LOVING CLASSMAID,
CATHERINE SUBOTH
293 11th STREET
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

FROM THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT BY MABELLE FREUND AROUND 1910-11
IN ADELL AND MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. GIVEN TO THE ARCHIVE BY HER
DAUGHTER, MRS. MARY ANDRECOVICH.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; MILWAUKEE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 12-18-1910

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DEAR MABBLE,

WHEN YOU ARE STANDING AT THE TUB
THINK OF ME BEFORE YOU RUB.
IF THE WATER IS TOO HOT,
COOL IT WITH FOR-GET-ME-NOT.

YOUR FRIEND,
VERA

FROM THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT BY MABELLE FREUND AROUND 1910-11
IN ADELL AND MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. GIVEN TO THE ARCHIVE BY HER
DAUGHTER, MRS. MARY ANDRECOVICH.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; MILWAUKEE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 01-29-1911

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DEAR MABELLE,

DOWN IN THE FOREST IS A TREE
AND ON IT WAS WRITTEN, "MABELLE, REMEMEBER ME."

YOUR FRIEND,
MARGUERITE KITTENBOFOR
WRIGHTSTOWN, WISCONSIN

FROM THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT BY MABELLE FREUND AROUND 1910-11
IN ADELL AND MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. GIVEN TO THE ARCHIVE BY HER
DAUGHTER, MRS. MARY ANDRECOVICH.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; MILWAUKEE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS HARD TO GET AND SO ARE YOU.
YOURS

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; CEDAR GROVE

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

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THE CADET GHOST OF ST. JOHN'S

ABOUT SEVEN YEARS THERE WAS A CADET AT ST. JOHN'S WHO
WAS VERY UNHAPPY. THE PRESSURES OF SCHOOL WERE REALLY
GETTING TO HIM AND TO TOP IT OFF, HE WAS NOT GOING
TO BE ABLE TO GO HOME FOR THANKSGIVING.
ONE NIGHT, AFTER QUIET HOURS HAD BEGUN, HE PLAYED
A BEATLES RECORD VERY LOUD. EVEYONE THOUGHT THAT
THIS WAS STRANGE BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT IT WAS QUIET HOURS
AND THERE WAS TO BE NO NOISE. AFTER A WHILE SOMEONE HEARD
A SCREAM. EVERYONE WENT DOWN TO HIS ROOM TO SEE WHAT
WAS THE MATTER. THE CADETS FOUND THEIR FRIEND HANGING
FROM A ROPE. HE HAD COMMITTED SUICIDE.
NO ONE EVER LIVED IN THAT ROOM AGAIN.
EVERY YEAR ON THE NIGHT OF HIS DEATH THE CADETS CAN
HEAR BEATLES MUSIC COMING FROM HIS ROOM, THOUGH NO ONE
IS LIVING THERE. THEN, A WHILE LATER A SCREAM IS
HEARD THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.
NO ONE CAN EXPLAIN THE MUSIC OR THE SCREAM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY BROTHER.
HE TOLD ME THAT THE CADETS JUST SIT IN THE HALL ON THAT
NIGHT AND WAIT FOR THIS TO HAPPEN.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SAINT JOHNS MILITARY ACADEMY ; DELAFIELD

Keyword(s): ST. JOHN'S

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

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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SUPERSTITION - WEATHER

WHEN A DOG CHEWS GRASS, IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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JODY MARCHING CADENCE

JODY, JODY, WHERE YOU BEEN.
AROUND THE WORLD AN' GOING AGAIN.
THERE AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING BACK,
JODY HAS MY CADILLAC.
LOOK TO THE (RIGHT OR LEFT) AND BOW YOUR HEAD.
WE ARE PASSING BY THE DEAD.
I KNOW A GIRL FROM NEW ORLEANS,
SHE CAN'T COOK A CAN OF BEANS.
AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING DOWN,
AIN'T NO DISCHARGE ON THE GROUND.
THE DRILL SERRGEANT SAYS EVERY LINE, WITH THE TROOPS
REPEATING THE SAME LINE RIGHT AFTER HIM. AFTER
A QUESTION AND ANSWER THE SERGEANT SAYS: "AM
I RIGHT OR WRONG?"THE TROOPS ANSWER:
YOU'RE RIGHT--CORRESPONDS WITH RIGHT FOOT.
SERGEANT SAYS: "AM I WRONG?"
TROOPS ANSWER--YOU'RE RIGHT--CORRESPONDS
WITH RIGHT FOOT.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; CAMP MC COY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse in Other Group of Folklore C800.535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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PROVERB: PICKING A WIFE

WHEN YOU PICK A WIFE, REMEMBER TO GET 'EM YOUNG, TREAT 'EM ROUGH,
AND DON'T TELL 'EM ANYTHING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY GRANDFATHER, AND THIS WAS HIS REPLY WHEN ASKED
ON HIS FIFTIETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY WHAT HE ATTRIBUTED HIS
SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE TO.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; KANSASVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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IF YOU PLACE A GLASS OF WATER WITH A SLIVER OF WOOD FLOATING
ON THE SURFACE UNDER YOUR BED AND FALL ASLEEP CHANTING, "LET
ME DREAM OF MY LOVE TONIGHT" YOU WILL DREAM OF THE BOY
YOU'LL MARRY. HE WILL RESCUE YOU FROM DROWNING IN YOUR
DREAM.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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UNIVERSITY SUPERSTITION

IF A VIRGIN WALKS IN FRONT OF THE SEATED STATUE OF LINCOLN
ON THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CAMPUS, HE IMMEDIATELY RISES
AND BOWS.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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SUPERSTITION - WEATHER

WHEN THE SUN SETS IN A CLOUD IT MEANS RAINY WEATHER.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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SUPERSTITION - FISHING

IF THE WIND IS FROM THE WEST,
THE FISH BITE LEAST.
IF THE WIND IS FROM THE WEST,
THE FISH BITE BEST.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; HILBERT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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