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    Page 1 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 2 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    {Begin deleted text}October 3, 1938{End deleted text} {Begin deleted text}William Wood, reporter{End deleted text} {Begin deleted text}L. Allen, editor{End deleted text} {Begin deleted text}A. Hoartog, supervisor{End deleted text} {Begin deleted text}Length: about 1800 words.{End deleted text} 10/3 William Wood 7012-67th P.P. Glendale L. I. October 8, 1938 [1,283?] Subject: - *1 [Narrator: Mrs. Annie Nilsson 5943 Yates Ave. Brooklyn, N.Y.] {Begin deleted text}(Age 64){End ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 3 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    2 [Recollections Of The Old Farm?] Father was the proprietor of a farm in Maspeth during the early eighties. He was fond of making what the people of to-day call “wise cracks.” When planting peas, he used to say: “If they come, we won't see many; If they stay away, we shall see them all!” He was referring to the possibility of crows coming ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 4 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    3 [A Bit of Witchcraft?] When I was fifteen, I knew a very pretty girl who lived with her parents on Freshpond Road, Ridgewood. An old woman who used to sell pretzels in the vicinity was said to be possessed of an “evil eye.” Every time she stopped to peddle her wares at my friend's house it was her custom to praise the girl's ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 5 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    4 [Snail Soup?] About forty-five years ago, I went to work as cook for a family of three sisters; elderly ladies who lived in a neat brown-stone house on Herkimer Street, near Eastern Parkway, Booklyn. They seemed to like my cooking very much, and were particularly fond of my soups. The back door of the kitchen opened into a cool storage-room, the floor of ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 6 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    5 I'm so glad. We are going to finish it. We all think this is the most delicious soup you ever made!” x x x [A Matter of Personal Opinion?] Shortly before my first marriage, I confided to the pastor of my church that my intended husband was a man of another faith. The clergyman seemed to be much distressed, and he said to ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 7 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    6 I had never seen either of them before. I have not seen either of them since. That they were entire strangers to each other was evident form the fact that neither gave any sign of recognition. Each was about thirty years of age and wore an [orchid?] dress. Each had on the same kind of shoes as the other; the same kind of ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 8 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    7 to a fortune-teller. I carefully refrained from telling my husband of my intention, for he was unalterably opposed to anything that boarded upon superstition. Approaching the clairvoyant somewhat timidly, I could not at first muster up sufficient courage to mention the real object of my visit, but started the conversation on the pretext that I wished to hear about an absent relative - ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Page 9 of [Recollections of Ridgewood]

    8 had said. Once or twice before this, I had suggested to my husband that he should take out an insurance policy, but I did not wish to be insistent over his objections. Nine moths after my visit to the fortune-teller my husband died; and but for financial help from my father, my two children and I would have been practically destitute. We had ...

    • Contributor: Wood, William - Allen, L. - Hartog, A. - Niles, Mrs. Nilsson
    • Date: 1938-10-03