Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Sarah Hartje]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
NAME OF WORKER Harold J. Moss ADDRESS 6934 Francis St.
DATE Jan. 9 - 1939 SUBJECT American Folklore stuff
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT Mrs. Sarah Hartje - Roca, Nebr.
As children, we lived a pretty rough life on the prairie. Located as we were, almost between Nebraska and Kansas, the state line meant very little and our social activities included people from each state.
An [itinerant?] minister came to the school house in Rattlesnake Gulch, and thus our religious life was rounded out. There was very little in the way of entertainment and so the literary society was an event of importance.
Sometimes there would [impersonate?] various characters in the community and the folks would guess who was the original of the impersonation. At that time the “Ferris wheel” was new and very popular. The [women?] as part of one entertainment reproduced a Ferris wheel scene This was enacted behind a low curtain. Placing [shoes?] on their hands they would first raise their hands up to [?] feet and then withdraw them and raise their heads into view.
Mother knit our stockings and mittens for winter made our underwear long sleeves and long legs to go down into the stockings.
Our “Soddie” roof was of wide boards underneath a layer of tar. Paper and sod on top of that and the way it leaked when it rained hard would put a [sieve?] to [shame?]. We would pull our beds around at nite and if possible find a spot when the dropping water would miss us which wasn't always possible. [It?] had a cousin who was a trifle more resourceful than some of the rest of us. [He?] took the kitchen table, hoisted it upon the bed crawled under and sank blissfully into the land of dreams.