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Pennsylvania Dutchman, Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, Catasauqua Township, rhymes, recipes, braucherie, powwowing


A handwritten letter from Luella Kern Engelhart addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated May 27, 1949. Within, Engelhart provides Pennsylvania Dutch dialect rhymes told to her by her father along with a recipe.


Luella Kern Engelhart


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 373-1


Catasauqua, Pennsylvania


May 27, 1949


The Pennsylvania Dutchman:

A variant, of your May nineteen rhymes and jingles, you want?

Here is my father’s version of one of them:

“Drivva drovva drauss

Schteedt en backaschteena hauss

Drei scheena bobba gucka rauss

Eeni schpinnt seide

Eeni flecht weida

Eeni macht en ruck

Far der Chonny Keesa-Buck

(My dialect spelling is poor - you will have to change it).

Many times my father healed a hurt with

Heeli, keeli, heebe dreck

Bis Marys frie is alles weck.

For rivvel supp, try butter, milk and cream, rivvels and lots of cinnamon!!!


English and Pennsylvania German

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Letter From Luella Kern Engelhart to Alfred L. Shoemaker, May 27, 1949



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