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TALE

A CAMP COUNSELOR TOLD A STORY OF AN 8-FOOT MONSTER WHO LIVED IN A
NEARBY LAKE. HE ALWAYS CAME OUT ON RAINY NIGHTS AND COLLECTED
HEADS, WHICH HE WORE ON A BELT AROUND HIS WAIST. AT TIMES, IT WAS
SAID THAT HE EVEN ATTACKED THE CAMP AND KILLED CAMPERS.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD ON A RAINY NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

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DEAD MAN'S HILL

THERE IS A HILL FIVE MILES OUTSIDE OF ELMIRA, MICHIGAN WHICH IS
REFERRED TO BY LOCAL INHABITANTS AS "DEAD MAN'S HILL" BECAUSE
SOME TIME DURING THE LOGGING DAYS OF THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
THERE WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING SEVERAL DEATHS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE TALE OF THE HILL IN 1960 WHEN HE AND HIS
HIS FAMILY MOVED TO GAYLORD, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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WHEN EARLY MORN

WHEN EARLY MORNING'S RUDDY LIGHT,
BIDS MAN TO LABOR GO,
WE HASTE WITH SCYTHES, ALL SHARP AND BRIGHT,
THE MEADOW'S GRASS TO MOW.
WE MOWERS DEL DE REL DEY,
WE CUT THE LILLIES AND HA, HA, HA
HA, HA, HA, HEY DEY, DEY, YES HEY DEY, DEY.
WE CUT THE LILLIES AND HAY.
HEY, DEY, DEY, YES HEY DEY DEY
WE CUT THE LILLIES AND HAY.

THE MAIDENS COME IN GLADSOME TRAIN,
AND SKIP ALONG THEIR WAY,
THE MAIDENS DEL, DE, REL, DEY
THEY CUT THE LILLIES AND HA, HA, HA,
HA, HA, HA, HEY DEY DEY, YES HEY DEY, DEY,
THEY CUT THE LILLIES AND HAY.
HEY DEY DEY, YES HEY DEY DEY
THEY CUT THE LILLIES AND HAY.

Submitter comment:

MAY 17, 1965: I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM MY MOTHER SAYING THAT
MY FATHER GO UP TO GAYLORD WHERE THEY HAVE A SMALL PLOT OF LAND WHICH
MY MOTHER LIVES IN DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, BUT DURING THE SUMMER SHE AND
THEY "FARM".
SHE SENT ME THE SONG WHICH APPEARS ON THE OTHER SIDE FROM GAYLORD.
AT THE END OF HER NOTE, SHE WROTE:
"IN 1912 I SANG THAT (THE SONG) IN MRS. BESSIE SPEARS 4TH
ROOM AT CASTNER SCHOOL, DONORA, PA."
THE SONG WAS SUNG FROM A BOOK, BUT THAT SHE STILL REMEMBERS THE TUNE.

Was possibly once a work song.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Keyword(s): Ballad ; Lyrics ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune

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

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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TALL TALE

WHEN I WAS A LOGGER WE HAD THIS ONE FELLA IN OUR CAMP,
ALWAYS BRAGGING ABOUT WHAT A GREAT HUNTER HE WAS. THIS
ONE DAY, HE WENT OUT HUNTING AND BEFORE HE COULD FIRE
A SHOT, HE SAW A BIG, BLACK BEAR. HE DECIDED HE'D KILL
THAT BEAR AND THEN GET US ALL TO HELP HIM SKIN IT.
WELL, HE SHOT, BUT DIDN'T KILL THE BEAR, ONLY WOUNDED IT.
AND THAT BEAR STARTED CHASING HIM. WELL, I'LL TELL YOU,
HE WAS MIGHTY SCARED. HE RAN AS FAST AS HE COULD, BUT
THAT BEAR WAS SO CLOSE HE COULD FEEL HIS BREATH DOWN
HIS BACK. SO, WHAT DID HE DO, HE TOOK OFF HIS JACKET
AND PUT IT OVER A TREE BRANCH SO THE BEAR WOULD THINK
IT WAS HIM, AND THEN HE TOOK OFF IN ANOTHER DIRECTION.
WELL, WHEN HE TURNED TO LOOK BACK, THAT BEAR WAS HUGGING
HIS JACKET AND SQUEEZING IT JUST AS HARD AS HE COULD.
WELL, WHEN HE GOT BACK TO CAMP, YOU'D THINK HE'D HAVE
LEARNED NOT TO BRAG SO MUCH, BUT WHAT DID HE DO? HE
BOASTED ABOUT HE'D TRICKED THAT OLD BEAR!

Submitter comment: HEARD IN GAYLORD, MICHIGAN ABOUT 1930.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 10-00-1963

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LOGGER'S LEGEND

A MAN NAMED DAVID WARD USED TO OWN A LOT OF LAND AND FORESTS
AROUND WATERS, MICH. HE WAS ABOUT THE RICHEST MAN IN THE AREA.
HE NOTICED THAT SOME OF HIS TREES WERE BEING CUT DOWN SO HE SET
OUT TO CATCH THE THIEF. HE HAD A PRETTY GOOD IDEA WHO IT WAS SO HE
DRESSED UP LIKE AN OLD BUM AND WENT TO THIS PERSON'S HOUSE
AND ASKED IF HE WOULD GIVE HIM A MEAL. THE MAN SAID YES, BUT HE'D
HAVE TO WORK FOR IT, AND HE TOLD WARD TO GO CUT DOWN SOME OF HIS OWN
TREES. (NOT KNOWING, OF COURSE, THAT IT WAS DAVE WARD HE WAS
TALKING TO.) WARD WENT AND CUT THE TREES DOWN AND BROUGHT THEM
BACK TO THE MAN. HE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MAN WAS
GOING TO KEEP THEM. (WARD MIGHT HAVE BEEN RICH BUT HE WAS ALWAYS
FAIR.) WELL, THE MAN PUT THE WOOD IN HIS OWN SHED AND OFFERED WARD
FOOD AND LODGING FOR THE NIGHT. THEN WARD TOLD HIM WHO HE WAS AND HE
MADE THAT MAN WORK FOR HIM FOR THE NEXT SEASON, CUTTING TREES, WITH
NO PAY, ONLY ENOUGH TO EAT AND A PLACE TO LIVE.

Submitter comment: HEARD AROUND GAYLORD, MICH. ABOUT 1930

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Keyword(s): THIEF PUNISHED BY MAN HE STOLE FROM

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

Date learned: 10-00-1963

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SNIPE HUNT

USUALLY TIS TRICK IS PLAYED ON SOMEONE WHO HAS
NEVER BEEN CAMPING BEFORE. HE IS SENT OUT INTO
WOODS WITH A PAPER BAG IN SEARCH OF SNIPE. THE
THE PERSON ALSO IS INSTRUCTED TO CALL OUT FOR THE
ANIMALS. SOME PEOPLE CLAIM THAT THERE REALLY ARE
SNIPE, BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE IN MY LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord ; CAMPING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00001950S

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Every year at camp, the older campers get to tell the
legend of the Hatchet Man to the new campers. Legend
has it that Hatchet Man will come around to the camp
at night time to capture a new camper. They are reminded
that the marks outside the wood cabins are indeed hatchet
marks from Hatchet Man.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Sancta Maria ; Gaylord

Keyword(s): camp

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 07-00-1980

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YEARS. NEITHER OF THEM HAD THE MEANS TO VISIT THE OTHER.
ONE NIGHT, THE WOMAN HAD A DREAM THAT HER BROTHER WAS
DEAD. SHE AWOKE TO A KNOCK AT THE DOOR. SHE OPENED
IT AND FOR AN INSTANT HER BROTHER STOOD THERE. SHE
LATER LEARNED THAT HE HAD PASSED AWAY ON THAT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HIS IRISH GRANDMOTHER DURING HIS LATE TEENS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord ; JANS BAR

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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MY GRANDFATHER REFUSED TO POSE FOR SNAPSHOTS, SAYING
THAT HE WOULD DIE WITHIN A YEAR IF WE TOOK HIS PICTURE.
IN 1957 (SEPTEMBER) HE ALLOWED US TO TAKE HIS PICTURE
BECAUSE IT WAS A SPECIAL OCCASION--I WAS GETTING MARRIED.
IN OCTOBER, 1958 HE DIED--AT THE AGE OF 90, OF CANCER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER'S NAME WAS SAMUEL GONDEK; HE WAS BORN IN
POLAND. WHEN HE CAME TO AMERICA, HE SETTLED IN
BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Gaylord

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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DEAD MAN'S HILL

THERE IS A HILL FIVE MILES OUTSIDE OF ELMIRA, MICHIGAN WHICH IS
REFERRED TO BY LOCAL INHABITANTS AS "DEAD MAN'S HILL" BECAUSE
SOME TIME DURING THE LOGGING DAYS OF THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
THERE WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING SEVERAL DEATHS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE TALE OF THE HILL IN 1960 WHEN HE AND HIS
HIS FAMILY MOVED TO GAYLORD, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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DEAD MAN'S HILL

THERE IS A HILL FIVE MILES OUTSIDE OF ELMIRA, MICHIGAN WHICH IS
REFERRED TO BY LOCAL INHABITANTS AS "DEAD MAN'S HILL" BECAUSE
SOME TIME DURING THE LOGGING DAYS OF THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
THERE WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING SEVERAL DEATHS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE TALE OF THE HILL IN 1960 WHEN HE AND HIS
HIS FAMILY MOVED TO GAYLORD, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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