DARE Interview : Fargo, Georgia; Primary Informant GA050

  • 1969
  • Informant Data:
  • GA050: White; male; community type: rural
  • GA050A: White; female; community type: rural
  • Media Files:
  • Full Interview 1 (Tape 0316-S1). [Additional speakers: GA050A]
  • Content:
  • 00:10 Lived on Billy's Island in 1923 with 700 people in cypress logging community
  • 04:30 Indian graves all over the swamp, also Indian mounds nearby, and a cemetery for Whites on the island. Indians driven away
  • 08:50 Water flows out of swamp. How "trembling earth" works. Cutting and removing timber
  • 14:15 Log too big for sawmill, stump large enough to cook dinner on. Cypress knees
  • 17:10 Tape end
  • Full Interview 2 (Tape 0316-S2). [Additional speakers: GA050A]
  • Content:
  • 01:10 Living off of the swamp in the Depression. Trapping camps in the winter to catch raccoon and otter. Hanging furs to dry
  • 04:30 Helping government survey the swamp while trapping. Different sorts of fish in swamp
  • 08:20 Snakes everywhere, lots of alligators. Hibernating alligators, pulling them out for skins, alligators looking like floating logs
  • 13:00 Alligator hunting with light or probe. Drowning them by plugging their burrows
  • 17:05 Tape end
  • Full Interview 3 (Tape 0317-S1). [Additional speakers: GA050A]
  • Content:
  • 00:10 Spent night in house of swamp resident once when truck broke down. Story of swamp family that was almost wild
  • 04:30 Difference between hammock land and flat land. Too much acid in latter. Yellow pine timber
  • 09:00 Amazing yellow pine on island, now area is mostly slash pine farmed by paper company
  • 12:30 Dried tops of yellow pines are lighter knots, burn really well. Can tell if a tree will split easily. Yellow pine boards last for a really long time
  • 17:00 Tape end
  • Full Interview 4 (Tape 0317-S2). [Additional speakers: GA050A]
  • Content:
  • 00:10 Counting rings to get a tree's age—yellow pine rings too close together
  • 05:20 Tupelo plant for tupelo honey, their bees prefer gallberry. Fieldworker trying to identify plant cuttings
  • 09:00 More plant names, black gum trees used for hardwood—soft but splittable
  • 13:00 Snakes everywhere, cottonmouths, water moccasins, and rattlesnakes sunning themselves
  • 16:55 Tape end
  1. Full interview 1

  2. Full interview 2

  3. Full interview 3

  4. Full interview 4


Cassidy, Frederic G.
  • 1969
  • Dictionary of American Regional English
  • English
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