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WHEN YOU ARE SITTING ALL ALONE
REFLECTING ON THE PAST
REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE A FRIEND
WHOSE FRIENDSHIP LONG WILL LAST
AND IF AFAR FROM HOME TO ROVE
SHOULD BE THY DREAR DECREE
THINK ON THE FRIENDS WHOM THOU DIDST LOVE
AND THEN REMEMBER ME.
(SIGNED) MARY WALLEN, WHEELING, W. VA.
ABSENT BUT NOT FORGOTTON

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ; WEST VIRGINIA ; WHEELING

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

Date learned: 00001880S

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THE LEGEND OF MCCULLOCH'S LEAP

A BAND OF INDIANS WERE CHASING A FRONTIERSMAN NAMED MCCULLOCH WHO
WAS TRYING TO ESCAPE WITH HIS LIFE. DURNG THE CHASE HE FOUND HIM-
SELF ON THE RIDGE OF A STEEP HILL WHICH WAS ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED
FEET HIGH, AND THERE WAS NO PATH OF ESCAPE OPEN TO HIM. AS THE
INDIANS CLOSED IN, HE AND HIS HORSE JUMPED FROM THE RIDGE, AND
BOTH LANDED SAFELY AT THE BOTTOM AND ESCAPED. THE INDIANS WERE
SO ASTONISHED THAT THEY LEFT HIM ALONE FROM THEN ON. TODAY A
BRONZE STATUE OF AN INDIAN STANDS POINTING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE
HILL WHERE MCCULLOCH JUMPED, AND THIS HILL IS KNOWN AS MCCULLOCH'S
LEAP.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS LEGEND FROM HER FATHER IN WHEELING, WEST
VIRGINIA, WHERE THE STATUE OF THE INDIAN IS LOCATED. SHE AND HER
FAMILY LIVE JUST ACROSS THE RIVER FROM WHEELING IN MARTIN'S FERRY,
OHIO. SHE SAID THAT THE STORY WAS TOLD TO HER WHEN SHE WAS "VERY
YOUNG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WEST VIRGINIA ; INSTITUTE OF ARTS ; WHEELING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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LITHUANIAN-AMERICAN CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE TRADITIONAL EVENING MEAL CONSISTED OF
CHRISTMAS WAFERS, SAUERKRAUT SOUP, PORRIDGE, FISH, PEAS, BREAD,
AND BUTTER.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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LEAP FROG

SEVERAL CHILDREN WOULD GET DOWN ON THEIR HANDS AND KNEES FORMING
A LINE. THE LAST CHILD IN THE LINE WOULD GET UP AND JUMP OVER
THE OTHER CHILDREN. HE WOULD THEN GET DOWN ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES.
THE CHILD AT THE END OF THE LINE WOULD THEN DO THE SAME.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): VAULTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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JACK ROCKS

THE CHILD WOULD SPREAD OUT SMALL ROCKS OR STONES. HE WOULD THEN
PICK UP AS MANY STONES AS HE COULD BEFORE THE BALL BOUNCED A
SECOND TIME.

Submitter comment: STONES WERE USED INSTEAD OF METAL JACKS BECAUSE THE FAMILY
WAS TOO POOR AND COULD NOT AFFORD TO BUY METAL JACKS.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00-00-1926

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

ALL CHURCH BELLS WOULD RING AT MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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LITHUANIAN-AMERICAN PALM SUNDAY CUSTOMS

WHEN THE FAMILY WOULD COME HOME FROM CHURCH, THEY WOULD HIT
EACH OTHER WITH THE PALMS THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED, IN ORDER TO
REMIND THE INDIVIDUAL THAT HOLY WEEK IS BEGINNING AND THE
PASSION AND DEATH OF CHRIST WAS SOON TO BEGIN.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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HALLOWEEN CUSTOMS

INSTEAD OF GOING OUT ON DEVIL'S NIGHT, THE CHILDREN WOULD USUALLY
GO OUT ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT AND UPSET TOILETS THAT WERE OUTSIDE IF
THE PEOPLE WOULD NOT GIVE THEM A TREAT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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WEDDING NIGHT

IF THE COUPLE WOULD NOT GO ON A HONEYMOON, NEIGHBORS WOULD
SERENADE OUTSIDE THEIR HOME, UNTIL THEY RECEIVED A TREAT OR DONATION

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Disturbing bride and groom Charivari Shivaree Belling

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

THE FAMILY WOULD FAST DURING HOLY WEEK AND ABSTAINED FROM MEAT
AND SWEETS FROM HOLY WEDNESDAY TO EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Holy Week

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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COUNTING GAME

THE MOTHER WOULD LAY TOOTHPICKS ON THE TABLE. THE CHILD WOULD
WOULD HAVE TO COUNT THE TOOTHPICKS. THE MOTHER WOULD THEN
EITHER ADD OR SUBRACT TOOTHPICKS. THE CHILD WOULD THEN COUNT THEM
AGAIN. THIS WOULD BE DONE OVER AND OVER UNTIL THE CHILD KNEW HOW
TO COUNT ACCURATELY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; TEACHING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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SWINGING PRETTY

AT LEAST TWO OR THREE CHILDREN PLAYED THIS GAME. ONE PERSON WOULD
BE "IT". THEY WOULD SWING THE OTHER CHILD AROUND AND THEN LET GO.
THE FUNNIEST OR PRETTIEST POSITION OR FACE THAT THE CHILD WOULD
LAND IN WOULD BE THE WINNER. THE CHILD WHO WAS "IT" WOULD DETERMINE
THE WINNER. THE WINNER THEN WOULD BECOME "IT".

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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IF YOU WISH SOMETHING GOOD ON THE THIRD SNEEZE, THE WISH WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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SHINNY ON YOUR OWN SIDE

ONLY TWO PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED TO PLAY AT ONE TIME. EACH OF
THE CHILDREN WOULD GET A STICK AN DRAW A LINE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF
A CERTAIN AREA OF LAND. EACH WOULD STAY ON THEIR OWN SIDE OF THE
LINE AND ATTEMPT TO HIT A TIN CAN DOWN TO THEIR GOAL WHICH WAS AT
ON ONE OF THE ENDS OF THE LINE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1928

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ITCHING THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS THAT YOUR BOYFRIEND IS COMING.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams P841.72

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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ITCHING THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS THAT YOU WILL KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams P841.42

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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BACK IN THOSE DAYS (THE EARLY 20'S) WHEN
SOMEONE DIED, THE FAMILY PREPARED THE BODY FOR
VIEWING. THE CASKET WAS SET IN THE "PARLOR"(TODAY'S
LIVING ROOM"). PENNIES WERE PUT ON THE EYES TO
KEEP THEM FROM POPPING OPEN. THIS HAPPENED AT A
FRIEND OF MY FATHER'S FUNERAL: AFTER VIEWING
THE BODY EVERYONE WENT INTO THE KITCHEN FOR COFFEE.
WHILE THE COFFEE WAS BEING SERVED THREE BOYS FROM
TOWN SNUCK INTO THE PARLOR, TOOK THE PENNIES OFF
THE OLD MAN'S EYES, AND PROPPED HIM UP WITH A STICK.
AFTER COFFEE THE FAMILY WALKED SLOWLY BACK INTO THE
PARLOR. THEY WERE TERRIFIED TO SEE THE OLD MAN
SITTING UP WITH HIS EYES OPEN, THEY THOUGHT HE HAD
COME BACK TO LIFE!

Submitter comment: RESURRECTION
RESUSITATION

Where learned: DETROIT ; WEST VIRGINIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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In 1967, a composite picture of our sorority sisters fell off
the lounge wall. The crash awakened the girls and they ran from
their bedrooms to the lounge. They found that the crack in the
glass only cut across one face on the picture. It was later found
that this sorority sister's fiance was killed in a car accident at
the exact time that the picture had fallen. His car clock stopped
running upon impact which was the same time that the girls had
been awakened by the picture crashing to the floor.

Submitter comment: I pledged this sorority in 1969 and was told this by my
sorority sisters. The glass had been replaced and the picture
still hung on the wall. The sorority sister whose face was marred
by the crack had transferred to a different university following
her fiance's death.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; West Liberty State College ; West Liberty

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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West Virginia hillbillies are called "hoopies" by people
living along the West Virginia border of eastern Ohio. In this
area the word "hoopie" is not only synonymous with, but has
actually replaced the word "hillbilly." The term comes from barrel
making which was a common occupation in the Wheeling, West
Virginia area. Those who made the metal hoops for the barrels were
called "hoopies". Eventually the term "hoopie" became synonymous
with hillbilly.

James Callow comment: The earliest passage equating hoopie with hillbilly is
dated 1940. See F. G. Cassidy, DARE, s.v. "hoopy."

Where learned: OHIO ; WEST VIRGINIA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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HAM AND COOKED CABBAGE ARE TRADITIONAL FOR A NEW YEAR'S
MEAL.

Submitter comment: ORIGINATES FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST VIRGINIA ; STERLING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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