DARE Interview : Fargo, Georgia; Primary Informant GA025

  • 1968
  • Informant Data:
  • GA025: White; male; age: 71 (old); education: some schooling; community type: rural
  • Media Files:
  • Arthur the Rat. Speaker: GA025 (4:41)
  • Full Interview 1 (Tape 0307-S1).
  • Content:
  • 00:30 Arthur the Rat
  • 05:20 Tall tales about swamp—types of birds that fly upside-down or backwards. Poetry, one about self and one making fun of Hitler
  • 13:00 Hitler poem was published in "Stars and Stripes," and soldiers who liked it came to see him. Life near the swamp
  • 17:40 Farming for corn, sweet potatoes, and peas. Self-education, learned to write on sand in front yard
  • 21:50 Going to town with people who've never been. Fish stories and tall tales
  • 26:25 Bobcat joke, scarecrow joke. Can't grow watermelons because vines grow so fast they wear out melons dragging them
  • 29:50 Poem he wrote to advertise a run-down Model T for sale, working in post office
  • 32:10 Tape end
  • Full Interview 2 (Tape 0307-S2).
  • Content:
  • 00:25 Making fun of local Congressman at post office dedication. Old raft to cross river before bridge, grandfather(?) going to Savannah to buy ammunition
  • 05:35 Getting soap from potash and salt from palmettos. Various home remedies
  • 10:00 Moonshine toddy to sweat out a fever, keeping barrels of honey and syrup, introduction of wheat flour with turpentine commissary
  • 14:30 Eating cured beef and pork, hand-grinding cornmeal. Bear grease when out of lard
  • 19:15 Alum and special spring tonic. When they started to have butter
  • 23:45 Square dances on Saturday nights when he was young, starting his fish camp business
  • 27:20 Gun accident at fish camp, attacking a bear with a pocketknife
  • 32:10 Tape end
  1. Arthur the rat

  2. Full interview 1

  3. Full interview 2


Rentschler, Sally
  • 1968
  • Dictionary of American Regional English
  • English
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