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DEAR MABELLE,

WHEN YOU AND I IN HEAVEN MEET,
LET'S LAY OUR CROSS AT JESUS' FEET.

YOUR FRIEND,
NADEANE

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: ADELL ; WISCONSIN, ASSUMED ; SMI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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Saying

Term used for those first dates when a parent drives you to or from an activity: Mommy-date.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Chaperone ; DATE ; Drive ; Language ; Mommy ; Nickname ; Saying ; SLANG ; Term ; TRANSPORTATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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IF A ROOSTER CROWS BEFORE MIDNIGHT, IT'S A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES HEARD THIS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN FORT SMITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FORT SMITH ; ARKANSAS, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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IF THE PICTURE OF A DEAD PERSON FALLS OFF THE WALL, IT'S A SIGN
OF DEATH. AT UNCLE'S FUNERAL, HIS SITER'S PICTURE FELL OFF
THE WALL, AND SHE HAD BEEN DEAD FOR A LONG TIME, BUT NOBOBY
DIED.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER AS A GIRL IN FORT SMITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FORT SMITH ; ARKANSAS, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CROSS IN FRONT OF A FUNERAL.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES TOLD ME THIS ON JULY 21, 1968.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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IF YOU DREAM ABOUT A WEDDING, IT IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS A SMALL GIRL, I HEARD IT FROM MY MOTHER ;

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 07-30-1968

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VERSE ON A GRAVE STONE

"ANNA AGNES PARIS
JUNE 12, 1928
JUNE 12, 1928
A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE
TO BLOOM WITH GOD ABOVE."

Submitter comment: COLLECTED WHILE I WAS IN SMITHVILLE FOR THE FOLK COUNTY FIDDLER'S
JAMBOREE AND CONTESTS HELD IN DECALB COUNTY, AND INCLUDING
FIDDLERS FROM UPPER CUMBERLAND REGION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SMITHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C882

Date learned: 07-01-1972

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VERSE ON GRAVE STONE

"JAMES TOY HAYES
SEPT. 6, 1828
FEB. 10, 1891
AN HONEST MAN THE NOBLEST
WORK OF GOD."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SMITHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C882

Date learned: 07-01-1972

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VERSE ON A GRAVE STONE

"JOHN JEWELL
SON OF
J.C. & N.M. WEST
OCT. 11, 1903
OCT. 18, 1903
BUDDED ON EARTH TO
BLOOM IN HEAVEN

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS FOUND ON SEVERAL CHILDREN'S STONES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SMITHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C882

Date learned: 07-01-1972

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VERSE ON A GRAVE STONE

"WILL ROGER
SON OF
W.H. & M.C. HAYES
JUNE 30, 1892
DEC. 14, 1893
DEAR PAPA AND MAMA WEEP NOT FOR ME...
FOR I AM WAITING IN HEAVEN FOR THEE."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SMITHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C882

Date learned: 07-01-1972

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PROVERB

RAKING YOU OVER THE COALS.

Submitter comment: GOSSIPING ABOUT SOMEONE.
MRS. REAVES SAID THAT THIS WAS A COMMON EXPRESSION USED IN
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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PROVERB

DYING LIKE FLIES WITH THE BOTTS.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES SAID THAT THIS WAS AN EXPRESSION WHICH SHE HEARD
AS A GIRL IN FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS, WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE WERE
DYING BECAUSE OF AN EPIDEMIC.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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WHY THE LIZARD NEVER LEARNED TO BELLOW

ONCE THERE WAS A LIZARD WHO HEARD A BULL BELLOW.
THIS SEEMED TO BE A FINE THING TO DO, SO HE
DECIDED TO ASK THE BULL TO TEACH HIM. THE BULL
WAS VERY FLATTERED AND DECIDED TO GO ABOUT TEACHING
THE LIZARD IN A VERY CAREFUL WAY. "FIRST," THE BULL
SAID, "YOU MUST HUMP UP YOUR BACK LIKE THIS," AND HE
SHOWED HIM. "OH, YES," SAID THE LIZARD, "I SEE NOW."
THANK YOU VERY MUCH."
SO THE LIZARD WENT AROUND FROM THEN ON HUMPING UP HIS
BACK, AND HE NEVER LEARNED TO BELLOW.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A STORY WHICH MY MOTHER TOLD ME WHEN I WAS
A SMALL GIRL. HER GRANDMOTHER TOLD IT TO HER IN
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL. I
RECORDED IT JULY 23, 1968, IN NASHVILLE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, IT IS A SIGN THAT IT
WILL RAIN TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS A COMMON SUPERSTITION IN

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO TAKE A PEN FROM A PERSON AND SIGN SOMETHING
WITH IT. YOU SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE PERSON PUTS THE PEN
DOWN, THEN PICK IT UP AND USE IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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NEVER COUNT YOUR TEETH OR THEY'LL ALL DROP OUT.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES HEARD THIS SUPERSTITION AS A GIRL IN FORT SMITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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IF YOU START ON A JOURNEY AND SOMEONE CALLS YOU BACK, YOU ARE TO
MAKE A CROSS WHERE YOU STOP, SPIT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, AND WALK
BACKWARDS TO THE PERSON WHO CALLED YOU. TO TURN BACK WOULD BE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES HEARD THIS SUPERSTITION WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO STUB YOUR TOE.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES TOLD ME THIS SUPERSTITION AUGUST 8, 1968. I DO

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BE HIT WITH A BROOM.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HER GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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