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A handwritten letter from Helen Moser addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated November 4, 1953. Within, Moser provides some Pennsylvania German rhymes and riddles she's gathered for Shoemaker.


Helen J. Moser


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 410-19


Bally, Pennsylvania


Nov. 4th 1953

Bally Box 91, Pa

Dear Sir

Here are a few things I have collected in the last few weeks the first is a rhyme from Mrs. Alice Weiss.

De mommy bocked kucha

Se bocked se tsu hod

Se dut se in der kellar

Un gebt mer net sod

Se gebt mer en brocka

Em bebblie tsu lucka

Kum bebblie kum bebblie

Doh huts en broka.

Here is a reida reida geila rhyme I got from Mrs. Annie Jacobs. I do not know if Dr. Shoemaker has this one or not if not he will soon have a book full of reida geila rhymes.

Reida reida geila

Olly shtun a meila

Olly meila an wotzhaus

Kumt en glessla beer rouse

Hocked en bubblie un der wond

Hut en goggly in der hond

Huts wolla broda

Es em met garoda

Huts wolla essa

No hut dar wasser es gfressa

There seems to be no end to riddles here are a few again

1. Wos iss es besht un da noodle? (ans.) Meil se sich beiga fa ins moul.

2. Wos frogt ne nix noh owwer mill doch feil unwadda? (Ans.) en dorebell

3. Was nemmt de gom meld fa en schnupduch? (Ans.) an hinkle weil es butzel si schnovel anich arritz uf de aird.

4. Won en katz en missel fressed farwos lust se der schwontz fos ledscht? (ans.) Se holt en far en tuspick.

5. En mon is un en wasser grawwa kumma er hut chei socha kotta en fux, en gows un en beck welshkern avner er hut uscht aie shtick uf amole drivver nemma kemma we hut er des gamacht os de gows net es welshkern gefressa hut un der fux ou net de gows gefressa hut? (ans.) Es aisht nemmt er de gows weil dar fux es welshkern net fresset noh kummt er tsurick un grick es welshkern un gait nivver noh bringt er de gows midder tsurick un lust se hivva un nemmt der fux nivver tsu em welshkern noh kummt er rivver un holt de gows un gaet widder uf sei waig.

Your Friend

Helen J. Moser

Bally Box 91



English and Pennsylvania German

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Letter From Helen Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, November 4, 1953



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