Helen Moser

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A handwritten letter from Helen Moser addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated February 1, 1956. Within, Moser writes on a number of Pennsylvania-Dutch sayings, but asks Shoemaker, in particular, to not read one of them on his radio program as it is an insult to Catholics.


Helen Moser


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 410-38


Bally, Pennsylvania


Feb. 1st 1956

P. O. Box 91

Bally, Penna.

Dear Friend,

So will ich ivver der Gotschalla dom bonda un ken nossa feese grea.


von es ken kolt badite

Groose Dunk

mit der nose im brode shonk

This is something the old people used to make.

druf shlock grumbeera, un ob beiss warsht

de grumbeera sin gabockna grumbeera un de warsht sin stonga warsht.

Here is something I do not want you to say over the air as it is an insult to the Catholics and I know many in town listen to your program. I have a cousin that works for an undertaker and they have the Catholic Funerals here in Town, so when they have one He says The Priest will say "Unser kinkle layed me onner lide arie a-a-a-a-ah". And another man once said, "Unser kinkle area schmentz sin so lon ve onner lide arie a-a-a-a-ah."

Your Friend

Helen G. Moser



English and Pennsylvania German

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Letter From Helen Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, February 1, 1956



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