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ST. MARY'S
DEAR MABELLE,

DOWN AT ST. FRANCIS IS THE POST OFFICE AND SOMETIMES
I WILL DROP A LETTER OR POSTAL IN IT. REMEMBER
IF IT ARRIVES IT'S FROM YOUR FRIEND, MARY THREN.

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, ASSUMED ; WATERTOWN

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

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OFTEN IN IRISH CULTURE A CAKE IS BAKED TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF
JESUS

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY COLLECTED IN WATERTOWN,, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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DURING ADVENT, IRISH PEOPLE PUT A CANDLE IN THEIR WINDOW TO
WELCOME THE CHRIST CHILD.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN,, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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MAY YOU BE IN HEAVEN ( ) HOURS BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU ARE DEAD.
NUMBER OF HOURS SPECIFIED DEPENDS ON HOW GOOD THE FRIEND IS

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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TOP OF THE MORNING TO YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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THE IRISH BELIEVE THAT AFTER A PERSON DIES THAT HIS BODY SHOULD
BE KEPT ONLY OVERNIGHT. THE BODY SHOULD BE KEPT IN THE HOME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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IN THE IRISH CULTURE, AFTER A PERSON DIES, THE SAME NIGHT
AS THE DEATH THE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS HAVE A HAPPY CELEBRATION.
EVERYONE DANCES AND DRINKS AND HAS A GOOD TIME. EACH PERSON BRINGS
SOME FOOD SO THAT THE WIDOW WILL NOT HAVE TO COOK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): IRISH WAKE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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NEVER START PLANTING ON A FRIDAY BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF YOUR PATRON SAINT. MAKE A CAKE FOR THE PERSON
WHOSE SAINT DAY IT IS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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AFTER A WEDDING THE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS OF THE MARRIED COUPLE
GATHER AROUND THEIR WINDOW AND SING AND MAKE NOISE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE TO DISTRACT THEIR FREINDS DURING THE HONEYMOON
THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARIVARI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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TH.E WIDOW MUST WEAR BLABLACK FOR A YEAR AFTER THE DEATH

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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THE WIDOW MUST GO TO MASS EVERY MONTH FOR THE SOUL THAT DIED.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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THE WIDOW MAY NOT GO TO ANY FESTIVALS EXCEPT RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS
FOR A YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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ON GOOD FRIDAY, THE HOUSE IS OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.
ONLY BREAD AND WATER IS SERVED BECAUSE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY EATS
ONLY ONE MEAL FROM THURSDAY TO SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: THE CITY OF WATERTOWN, IS ONE OF THE LARGER UPPER NEW YORK STATE
CITIES. THERE IS A VERY DIVERSIFIED GROUPS OF PEOPLE. MY FATHER
LIVED IN A MOSTLY. ITALIAN SECTION OF THE CITY
THE ITALIANS DO NOT EAT FROM DINNER WEDNESDAY TO EASTER DINNER ON
SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F633 F633.12
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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AT AN ITALIAN WEDDING IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM TO
PASS OUT CANDY AND COOKIES TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. OFTEN
THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY WILL SHOW UP FOR THE WEDDING. THE IDEA IS
THE IDEA IS THAT THE NEW HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE GIVING THIER FIRST
PARTY FOR THE COMMUNITY

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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IN ITALIAN TRADITION, THE GODFATHER IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE
SECOND FATHER, AFTER THE ORIGINAL FATHER. FOR THIS REASON A
PARTY IS HELD ON THE BAPTISM DAY TO WELCOME THE GODFATHER INTO
THE FAMILY. IT IS USALLY HELD AT THE HOME OF THE ORIGINAL PARENTS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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PUT A CONTRIBUTION ON THE STATUE OF A SAINT DURING A PROCESSION
AND THAT SAINT WILL PRAY FOR YOU.

Submitter comment: THE STATUES ARE DRESSED IN CLOAKS AND VEILS. THE MONEY IS PINNED ON
THE CLOAKS AND VEILS.
THIS WAS ORIGINALLY LEARNED IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WATERTOWN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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