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WITCH

ONE NIGHT I HAPPENED TO WAKE UP. LIGHT FROM THE MOON WAS SHINING
IN THE WINDOW ACROSS THE ROOM. I LOOKED OVER TO THE BED MY TWO
BROTHERS WERE SLEEPING IN. IN BETWEEN MY BROTHERS WAS A WITCH. I
RUBBED MY EYES TO SEE IF I WAS DREAMING, BUT THE WITCH WAS STILL
THERE. THE WITCH TURNED HER HEAD COMPLETELY AROUND WITHOUT MOVING
HER BODY. THEN SHE MOVED TOWARD THE FIREPLACE TO GET OUT OF THE
MOONLIGHT. THEN SHE DISAPPEARED. THE NEXT DAY I TOLD OTHER PEOPLE
ABOUT IT AND THEY SAID THAT IT WAS AN OLD WOMAN THAT LIVED IN THE
SETTLEMENT. I KNEW THE OLD WOMAN. EVERY TIME I MET HER ON THE
ROAD AFTER THAT, I'D SAY TO MYSELF, "THERE'S THAT OLD WITCH," AND
SHE WOULD PASS AND NEVER LOOK OR SPEAK A WORD TO ME. BUT EVERY
TIME I WOULD MEET HER ON THE ROAD ON THE WAY BACK FROM TOWN AND NOT
THINK THAT TO MYSELF, SHE WOULD STOP AND TALK AND BE AS FRIENDLY AS
CAN BE. THIS HAPPENED A NUMBER OF TIMES. EVERY TIME I WOULD SAY
TO MYSELF, "THERE'S THAT OLD WITCH," SHE WOULDN'T EVEN LOOK AT ME,
BUT IF I DIDN'T SAY THAT TO MYSELF, SHE WOULD STOP AND TALK TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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POLISH CUSTOM

THE POLISH BRING A BASKET TO CHURCH ON HOLY SATURDAY TO BE
BLESSED. THE BASKET CONTAINS A PORTION OF EVERYTHING TO BE
EATEN AT THE MEAL.

Submitter comment: CUSTOM LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER-IN-LAW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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CUSTOM

AFTER MIDNIGHT MASS AT CHRISTMAS ANYONE WHO COMES INTO THE HOUSE
IS OFFERED UNLEAVENED BREAD AND WINE TO WISH THEM A BLESSED
CHRISTMAS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER-IN-LAW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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POLISH CUSTOM

WHEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM COME INTO THE HALL SOMEONE MEETS THEM
AT THE DOOR WITH A PIECE OF DRY BREAD AND SALT, AND THEY EAT IT.
IT IS A CUSTOM SO THEY WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY AND THAT THEY WILL
ALWAYS BE ABLE TO FACE HARDSHIPS TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER IN-LAWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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TALL TALE

ONE TIME A FRIEND ASKED MY FATHER IF HE COULD SEND SOMEONE
TO MILK HIS COWS THAT NIGHT BECAUSE HE WOULD BE GONE. MY FATHER
SAID HE WOULD SEND ME. THE FRIEND SAID TO TAKE AS MUCH MILK AS
WE NEEDED IN PAYMENT. THAT EVENING I MILKED HIS COWS AND TOOK A
GALLON BUCKET OF MILK BACK WITH ME. I WAS WALKING HOME WITH MY
LITTLE BROTHER WITH ME BY THE HAND. IT WAS DARK ALREADY. I HEARD A HOWL
FROM A WOLF. I LOOKED AROUND AND SAW A BIG GRAY WOLF TROT-
TING BEHIND US. I STARTED TO WALK A LITTLE FASTER DRAGGING MY
LITTLE BROTHER WITH ME SINCE HE COULDN'T KEEP UP. I LOOKED AGAIN
AND THE WOLF WAS GETTING CLOSER. WHEN I SAW THAT, I STARTED OUT
LIKE LIGHTNING. I WAS RUNNING SO FAST THAT MY LITTLE BROTHER WAS
DANGLING BEHIND ME, HOLDING ON TO MY HAND. HIS FEET DIDN'T TOUCH
THE GROUND MORE THAN TWICE ALL THE REST OF THE WAY HOME, THAT'S
HOW FAST I WAS RUNNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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THE HOOK

A TEENAGE COUPLE WAS OUT ON A DATE. THE BOY PULLED ONTO AN OLD
DIRT ROAD AND STOPPED SO THAT THEY COULD DO SOME NECKING. AS THE
BOY AND GIRL PROCEEDED, THEY HEARD A NEWS BULLETIN ON THE RADIO
WHICH SAID THAT A DANGEROUS CONVICT HAD ESCAPED FROM PRISON AND
WAS IN THE VICINITY THE COUPLE WERE PARKED. IT ALSO SAID THAT THE
CONVICT HAD A STEEL HOOK FOR ONE HAND. THE GIRL WANTED TO LEAVE
BUT THE BOY SAID THERE WAS NOTHING TO BE AGRAID OF. SO THEY
STAYED UNTIL THEY HEARD THE NEWS BULLETIN AGAIN. THE GIRL
INSISTED THAT THE BOY TAKE HER HOME. THE BOY AGREED AND DROVE
OFF. THE BOY PULLED IN FRONT OF THE GIRL'S HOME AND WENT AROUND
TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAR TO OPEN THE DOOR FOR HIS DATE. AS
HE REACHED FOR THE DOOR HANDLE HE SUDDENLY JUMPED BACK STARTLED,
FOR ON THE DOOR HANDLE DANGLED AN IRON HOOK LIKE THAT DESCRIBED
AS THE HAND OF THE CONVICT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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WITCHED

ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, THERE WAS A FAMILY THAT LIVED ON A FARM
NOT FAR FROM THE FARM MY FATHER LIVED ON IN CENTER RIDGE, ARKANSAS
IN WHICH A SON WAS BORN THAT WAS VERY THIN. AS THE MONTHS WORE
ON, THE CHILD DID NOT GET ANY FATTER. THEY SAY THAT HIS ARMS WERE
NO LARGER THAN A MAN'S THUMB. A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE CHILD WAS
BORN, HE DIED. THE FOLKS SAY THAT THE BOY HAD BEEN HEXED BY A
WITCH OR, IN OTHER WORDS, THE BOY WAS WITCHED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

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HAUNTED HOUSE

THERE WAS A HAUNTED HOUSE AT GRATIOT AND HARPER IN DETROIT IN THE
1930'S. A FAMILY LIVED IN IT BUT WERE SCARED OUT BY THE GHOST.
THE GHOST WOULD TAKE TOBACCO OUT OF THE POCKET OF THE FATHER OF
THE FAMILY. AFTER THE FAMILY MOVED OUT NO ONE WOULD MOVE INTO
THE HOUSE. AFTER THE HOUSE STOOD VACANT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS,
THE CITY WIDENED HARPER AND TORE THE HOUSE DOWN EXCEPT FOR ONE
CORNER OF THE HOUSE WHICH THEY LEFT FOR THE GHOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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HAUNTED HOUSE

IN MORRILTOWN BOTTOMS, ARKANSAS, THERE WAS A HAUNTED HOUSE IN
WHICH ONE ROOM WAS HAUNTED. A FAMILY HAD MOVED IN IN THE
BEGINNING OF SUMMER. TWO OF THE CHILDREN WOULD SLEEP IN THE
FRONT ROOM OF THE HOUSE AND EVERY NIGHT THE GHOST OF THIS ROOM
WOULD PULL THE BLANKET OFF THE TWO KIDS. THE FAMILY COULD ONLY
TAKE IT FOR ONE SUMMER BEFORE THEY MOVED OUT, (AND THE HOUSE WAS)
NEVER TO BE LIVED IN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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POPCORN

ONE TIME WE PLANTED POPCORN TO SEE IF WE COULD GET POPCORN ON THE
COB. THE CORN GREW INTO REGULAR CORN, BUT IT GOT SO HOT ONE DAY
THAT THE CORN POPPED RIGHT ON THE COB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. (AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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WHEN TO PLANT YOUR CROPS

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS, ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, IS THAT THERE
IS A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON WHEN IT IS FAVORABLE TO PLANT
YOUR CROPS SO THAT THEY WILL BE PRODUCTIVE. IF YOU DO NOT PLANT
AT THIS TIME THE CROPS WILL NOT BE PRODUCTIVE. MY FATHER WAS
UNABLE TO RECALL THE EXACT TIME OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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PUTTING UP A RAILFENCE DURING THE FLOWERDAYS

THE BOTTOM LOG OF A RAILFENCE (A FENCE MADE OF UNDERLOCKING
LOGS) WILL ROT AWAY WITHIN THREE YEARS IF THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
LAID DURING THE CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON. OTHERWISE THE BOTTOM
LOG WILL LAST MORE THAN FIVE YEARS. THAT IS WHY THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
ALL LAID AT ONCE SO AS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RIGHT TIME OF
THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fifths
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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TALLER CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON, IT
WILL GROW MUCH TALLER THAN CORN PLANTED AT ANOTHER TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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MOON TIME

IF A PLANK IS LAID ON THE GRASS DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS UNDERNEATH THE PLANK WILL DIE IN TWO
WEEKS TIME. IF A PLANK IS LAID ON A DIFFERENT TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS BENEATH THE PLANK WILL STILL BE GREEN AFTER TWO WEEKS
TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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THE ETERNAL WATCH

EMPEROR FREDERICK BARBARROSA'S SPIRIT KEEPS WATCH OVER THE
GERMAN PEOPLE FROM HIS SUPPOSED RESTING PLACE IN THE
KHYFFHAUSER CASTLE IN THURINGA. A FLOCK OF RAVENS KEEP A
CONSTANT VIGIL OVER HIS GRAVE. WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THIS MEANS
THAT BARBARROSA'S SPIRIT HAS LEFT THE GRAVE, AND IS ROAMING
GERMANY TRYING TO LEAD THE PEOPLE IN TIMES OF PERIL. IT IS SAID
THAT THE RAVENS WERE GONE DURING THE TIME OF THE WELT KRIEGS
THIS MEANS THAT THE HEMLICHEKAISSER WAS GONE FROM HIS TOMB.

Submitter comment: MR. STOERKEL IS GERMAN, HEARD THROUGH TRADITIONAL SOURCES.

Where learned: Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NATIONALISM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Secular hero

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GOOD FRIDAY SUPPER

ON GOOD FRIDAY, ONE CAN ONLY HAVE ONE MEAL. HE SHOULD SPEND THE REST
OF HIS DAY CONTEMPLATING THE SERIOUS OCCASION WHICH THE DATE
REPRESENTS. THE MEAL SHOULD CONSIST OF COOKED NOODLES, PRUNES, AND
SMALL SQUARES OF BREAD. THIS AGAIN SHOULD REPRESENT THE SEVERITY
OF CHRIST'S DEATH AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO MANKIND.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRADITIONAL CUSTOM OF THE PEOPLE OF WESTPHALIA. MR.
STOERKEL IS FROM THIS AREA OF GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 00001940S LATE

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THE ETERNAL WATCH

EMPEROR FREDERICK BARBARROSSA'S SPIRIT KEEPS WATCH OVER THE
GERMAN PEOPLE FROM HIS SUPPOSED RESTING PLACE AT THE
KHYFFAUSER CASTLE IN THURINGIA. A FLOCK OF RAVENS KEEP A
CONSTANT VIGIL OVER HIS GRAVE. WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THIS MEANS
THAT BARBARROSSA'S SPIRIT HAS LEFT THE GRAVE, AND IS ROAMING
GERMANY TRYING TO LEAD HER IN TIMES OF PERIL. IT IS SAID
THAT THE RAVENS WERE GONE DURING THE TIME OF THE "WELT DRIEGS."
THIS MEANS THAT THE "HEMICHEKAISER" WAS GONE FROM HIS TOMB.

Submitter comment:

MR. STOERKEL IS GERMAN AND THE SOURCES ARE TRADITIONAL TRANSMISSION.

Data entry tech comment:

SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Castle ; Germany ; GHOST ; Legend ; SPIRIT ; Tomb

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Bird

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. ( AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Beans ; BELIEF ; FARMING ; Flowerdays ; GARDENING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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WHEN TO PLANT YOUR CROPS

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, IS THAT THERE
IS A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON WHEN IT IS FAVORABLE TO PLANT
YOUR CROPS SO THAT THEY WILL BE PRODUCTIVE. IF YOU DO NOT PLANT
AT THIS TIME THE CROPS WILL NOT BE PRODUCTIVE. MY FATHER WAS
UNABLE TO RECALL THE EXACT TIME OF THE MOON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Botany ; CROPS ; FARMING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture ; MOON ; PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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