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fersammling-haus, herbs, church, meeting house, smell, perfume, cicadas, locusts
A handwritten letter from Helen J. Moser addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated July 8, 1953. Within, Moser mentions a number of topics including a plant she calls "Farsomling Kraut", which was rubbed in the hands to create a pleasant smell at the church meeting house.
Helen J. Moser
Alfred L. Shoemaker
July 8th 1953
Bally Box 91 Pa.
Enclosed you will find a few rhymes I have come across about a month ago but I thought you were busy enough last month.
About that “Poshda Yockel” I have a little but not enough to begin with.
Do you know what “Farsomling Kraut” is or have you never heard about it. I know a little about it. My grandmother had some when I was quite small. It is a very fragrant small plant and the ladies used to take a little of it along to the “farsomling” (church) and ever once in a while they would draw it through their hands and it would smell very good in the “Farsomling House”. Now I wonder if that was done in all denominations. I have this from the Schwenkfelders.
About the “Hitz Fogel” I guess that is what we call “Dar Homer Gase” (Oats goat) around here some people call it the yearly locust. In English it is called cicada or locust we have a picture from it out of a farmers magazine.
Helen J. Moser
Bally Box 91
English and Pennsylvania German
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Moser, Helen, "Letter From Helen Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, July 8, 1953" (1953). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 112.
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