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TREE PRESERVATION

MY FATHER RELATED TO ME HOW, AT CHRISTMAS TIME, IT IS
NECESSARY TO PUT SUGAR IN THE WATER THAT IS PLACED
IN THE CHRISTMAS TREE STAND. THIS HELPS KEEP THE
TREE GREEN.

Submitter comment: HE COULD NOT REMEMBER WHERE HE HEARD THIS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SOAP

MOTHER ALWAYS MADE HER OWN SOAP, ESPECIALLY FOR WASHING
CLOTHES. WHENEVER THE MEATS WERE PREPARED, ALL FAT
WAS SAVED, AND GROUND UP VERY FINE, PLACED IN LARGE
COOKING VESSELS, PLACED IN THE OVEN UNTIL ALL THE FATS
WERE FRIED OUT AND IN A LIQUID STATE. THE CLEAN WHITE
FAT WAS USED IN COOKING AND THE LESS WHITE FAT WAS
USED IN MAKING SOAP, BY COMBINING FAT AND "LEWIS LYE"
WHICH IS A STRONG CAUSTIC, WHICH WHEN COMBINED WITH
FAT, BECOMES SOAP.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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GOOD FRIDAY SUPERSTITION

MY MOTHER WOULD NEVER LET ANY OF US THREE CHILDREN PLAY THE PIANO ON
GOOD FRIDAY. IF WE DID, IT WOULD BRING BAD LUCK. MY MOTHER WAS
TAUGHT THIS BY HER IRISH MOTHER, A VERY RELIGIOUS PERSON.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Keyword(s): LUCK ; MUSIC

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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COUGH

FOR COUGH MEDICINE DAD WOULD MIX ONION JUICE WITH SUGAR, ALSO
HORHOUND DROPS OR GIVE US WARM MILK WITH GINGER.
MOM WOULD ALSO RUB OUR CHEST WITH CAMPHOR, WRAP A WOOL SOCK
AROUND OUR NECK, AND MAKE US WEAR A PNEUMONIA JACKET, WHICH WAS
A PIECE OF WOOL CLOTH THAT FIT AROUND THE CHEST WALL.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY ; HOREHOUND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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IT IS JUST AS SIMPLE AS ABC.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Keyword(s): ALPHABET

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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COVER YOUR ASS.

Submitter comment: THE FIRST TIME I CAME ACROSS THIS PHRASE WAS RIGHT AFTER I HAD
ASKED FOR A COMMANDERS INVESTIGATION OF AN INCIDENT. AN A.F.
CAPTAIN WHO WAS NOT INVOLVED TOLD ME TO COVER MY ASS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Modification of Historical Poem

Listen my children and you shall hear,
The midnight ride of the can of beer.
Down the alley and over the fence,
I've got the beer,
Who's got the ten cents?

 

Submitter comment:

Taught by Sister M. Eulalia in grade five. She learned this when she was a child which is easily seen by the price of the beer.


 

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA ; 5th grade teacher

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

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