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NAMING A CHILD

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CUSTOM IN OUR FAMILY TO GIVE THE NEW-BORN
CHILD HIS GOD-PARENTS FIRST NAME FOR HIS MIDDLE NAME.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS STILL CARRIED OUT IN OUR FAMILY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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GOOD FRIDAY (CATHOLIC)

WE KEPT A COMPLETELY MEATLESS DAY. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT ANY
PRODUCT THAT WAS DERIVED FROM AN ANIMAL OR FOWL. THIS ELIMINATED THE
USE OF EGGS, MILK AND LARD. WE ATE COOKED WHEAT FOR BREAKFAST. THE
REST OF THE DAY WAS REGULATED BY LENTEN OBSERVANCES; 1/4 OF YOUR
REGULAR LUNCH AND A FULL MEAL AT EVENING. THESE CONSISTED OF BOILED
POTATOES, NO BUTTER, AND IN THOSE DAYS THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS
MARGARINE OR EGG OR MILK SUSTITUTES, TOMATOES, FRUIT, AND BOILED
SOUP BEANS. WE WERE ALSO NOT ALLOWED TO TALK FROM 12 NOON UNTIL
3 P.M..

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS FAMILY PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM IN MAGADORE, OHIO; AND SHE

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Animal product
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CUSTOM FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT ISIDORE (APRIL 22)

THE FARMERS BROUGHT THEIR SEEDS AND SOILS INTO THE CHURCH AND THEY
WERE BLESSED WITH A SPECIAL RITUAL FOR A GOOD CROP.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SPANISH CUSTOM THAT HAS SPREAD TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND IS
PRACTICED TO SOME DEGREE IN MAGADORE, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 22
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PLANTING CUSTOM

CUCUMBERS WERE PLANTED ON THE LONGEST DAY, JUNE 21, TO INSURE GOOD,
LONG PICKLES.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PLANTING SUPERSTITION

DO NOT PLANT ANYTHING IN THE SIGN OF THE POSEY, OR ALL THAT YOU WILL
GET ARE BLOSSOMS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN BELIEF. DID NOT EXPLAIN THE SIGN OF THE POSEY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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WEDDING SUPERSTITION

IT WAS BAD LUCK FOR THE GROOM TO SEE THE BRIDE IN HER WEDDING DRESS
OR EVEN THE DRESS ALONE AT ANYTIME BEFORE THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Separation before wedding
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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PRODUCE CUSTOM

AFTER THE HARVEST, ALL THE EXCESS WAS BROUGHT TO THE CHURCH AND
BLESSED AND THEN GIVEN TO THE POOR.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM WAS PRACTICED IN MANY SOUTHERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
INCLUDING GERMANY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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HUSKING BEE

WHEN THE CORN THAT HAD BEEN SHOCKED WAS READY FOR HUSKING, THE WHOLE
NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD HAVE A HUSKING BEE. YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WOULD
GATHER ON A MOONLIT NIGHT AND BEGIN TO HUSK IN PAIRS (GUY AND GIRL).
EVERYTIME THAT A RED EAR OF CORN IS FOUND BY THE PAIR, THE GIRL GETS
A KISS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERY OLD GERMAN CUSTOM THAT IS STILL PRACTICED TODAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CUSTOM

IF A BOY HELD A LIGHTED MATCH IN FRONT OF A GIRL AND SHE BLEW IT OUT,
THE BOY WAS ENTITLED TO A KISS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM. WHEN QUESTIONED AS TO WHETHER SHE
PRACTICED IT OR NOT, THE INFORMANT HAD NO REPLY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CUSTOM

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU A SHARP OBJECT FOR A GIFT, SUCH AS A KNIFE OR
SCISSORS, YOUR FRIENDSHIP WAS CONSIDERED CUT. THIS WAS COUNTERACTED
BY GIVING THE DONOR A COIN SUCH AS A PENNY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS UNSURE AS TO THE ORIGIN OF THIS CUSTOM, BUT SHE THINKS
THAT IT COMES FROM GERMANY.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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BELIEF

AFTER YOU CROSS YOURSELF, YOU SHOULD THROW HOLY WATER OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER. THIS WAS TO RELIEVE THE BURNING ON THE SOULS IN PURGATORY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Church
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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