Audio Recording Milk River Wagon Train, actuality recording of first night's campfire songs, conversations, and stories, Phillips County, Montana, part 4

Milk River Wagon Train; Conversation, jokes, songs, stories, at campfire gathering; First night of wagon train near Malta, Montana

About this Item

Title
Milk River Wagon Train, actuality recording of first night's campfire songs, conversations, and stories, Phillips County, Montana, part 4
Contributor Names
Young, Kay, 1931- (Collector)
Crummett, Michael, 1948- (Collector)
Warren, Art (Interviewee)
Orahood, Wes (Interviewee)
Koss, Adam (Interviewee)
Curtis, Jim (Interviewee)
Curtis, Galen (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Phillips County, Montana, August 30, 1979
Subject Headings
-  Cowboy songs
-  Wit and humor
-  Wagon trains
-  Toasts
-  Ethnography
-  Field recordings
-  Songs
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  United States -- Montana -- Phillips County
Genre
Ethnography
Field recordings
Songs
Interviews
Sound recordings
Notes
-  Index data: Part 4 of a 4-part recording of the songs and conversation around the campfire at the first night's camp by participants in the Milk River Wagon Train, about 25 or 30 miles south of Malta MT; the fieldworker's notes state that the crackling sound is the campfire and report that the songs, conversations, toasts, and stories proceeded more or less spontaneously: recording includes continuation of topic of toasts, many are off-color, Wes Orahood on toast-like sayings; Galen Curtis, toast, "I may not be as good as I once was"; Doc Curtis tells about time [his wife] Galen made a toast at First (?) Creek; Wes Orahood, toast, "Here's to marriage and here's to bliss"; Doc Curtis, poem, "Two men beside the road did sit"; Galen Curtis, toast, "Here's to fire"; Art Warren, toast, "Here's to the roses of brilliant hue"; Wes Orahood (probably ?), toast, "Here's to the girl with the little red shoes"; Doc Curtis, toast, "Here's to the girl who lives on the hill"; Adam Koss, toast, "Here's to you fellows as good as you are"; Doc Curtis, story about man who tried to impress Easterners; conversation, reference to "She jumped into bed and covered up her head, and said I couldn't find her, but I knew damn well she was lying like hell, so I jumped right in behind her"; conversation about the barbecue to be held the following night; Doc Curtis (a veterinarian) tells a story about Wes and his pigs (which became the meat for the barbecue) involving mixing up abscesses and hernias with unfortunate results; this leads to talk about eating horse meat,; Doc Curtis tells story about eating horse thinking it was poached deer meat, in the course of which he says a man "got out of college at Deer Lodge," a reference to the state prison; Art Warren tells story about first time he ate horse meat, says it is better fried than boiled, when he had it boiled, "the longer I chewed the bigger it got"; conversation about horses; Art Warren begins a song, then starts over, song, "When it's moonlight on the prairie, Darling Mary"; Art recalls his school experience, says he attended only 3 days, it rained and the teacher never came; Art tells a joke about "Olga," a Swedish woman; mildly dirty jokes in parody of Swedish accent, man looked through the window several nights, saw a man jumping his wife, the man says, "the yoke's on you, I was out of town"; Doc Curtis, joke about Sven and Ole; jokes from Wes and Art; Doc Curtis tells about seeing Webb Dolson first time, working cattle and riding a pony; about a secret place that Webb Dolson knows about (in the southwest), in a cliffside cave marked by what is alternatively referred to as bat sh - - or eagle sh - -; Webb Dolson says that this cave may have something to do with lost gold ("Dutchman's gold") [Lost Dutchman'sMine"] in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona, how Apaches took the gold; Dolson expresses interest in returning again to continue the search, with gear needed to scale the steep cliff; Doc Curtis tells about an order to not permit bombing practice in that area because of native American artifacts present.
Medium
7-inch reel
Call Number/Physical Location
Call number: AFC 1981/005: AFS 20485
MBRS shelflist: RXA 0971
Field project identifier: MT9-KY-R15
Source Collection
Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Young, Kay, Michael Crummett, Art Warren, Wes Orahood, Adam Koss, Jim Curtis, and Galen Curtis. Milk River Wagon Train, actuality recording of first night's campfire songs, conversations, and stories, Phillips County, Montana, part 4. Phillips County, Montana, 1979. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20485/.

APA citation style:

Young, K., Crummett, M., Warren, A., Orahood, W., Koss, A., Curtis, J. & Curtis, G. (1979) Milk River Wagon Train, actuality recording of first night's campfire songs, conversations, and stories, Phillips County, Montana, part 4. Phillips County, Montana. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20485/.

MLA citation style:

Young, Kay, et al. Milk River Wagon Train, actuality recording of first night's campfire songs, conversations, and stories, Phillips County, Montana, part 4. Phillips County, Montana, 1979. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20485/>.

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