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The speaker is a 68-year-old White woman with a college education from Ripley, Ohio; she was recorded in 1968.

County: Brown
State: OH

Located about 55 miles southeast of Cincinnati on the Ohio River at the Kentucky border, Ripley has a present-day population of about 1,750. During the 1800s, several well-known abolitionists, such as John Rankin, lived in Ripley and were instrumental in creating a stop for the Underground Railroad, aiding slaves who crossed the river from Kentucky, a slave state. In this segment the speaker talks about her family???s house, her education, and her singing career.
Inf: (xx) my grandfather bought the house in 1839. And, eighteen now, don???t say nineteen. And uh, they evidently lived here before that because he never, I never have, haven???t any record of them ever living anywhere else. But he purchased the house. And the uh, man who former-, from a cousin who formerly owned it, and they went as missionary to the Dakota Indians [FW: Oh]. Dr. Williamson and uh, Stephen R-, Riggs. Stephen R. Riggs. They were the first uh missionaries to the Dakota Indians from here. They???re very-, and uh, while they were in the Dakota country out-, they uh, the Sioux, they um, up, uh wrote and published a l-, dictionary and a reader, in the Dakota language, which made them very unusual. We have always, rather honor them in, in any, any of our historical affairs here, you see.

Anything else you???d like to know about the house? See it???s been in this house, now I am the last of the family [FW: Uh-huh]. But th-, at one time there were quite a few here.

FW: Was it uh, quite unusual at the time that you started your singing career for young women to go out on such a venture?

Inf: Yes, yes. I was giving, given a fancy education [FW: Mm-hmm]. I was never supposed to earn anything, by it. I was supposed to just get enough, you know (xx), they don???t do that now [FW: ???cept the???]. Just getting a fancy education. I studied the three arts. [Laughter] And you know, you know that, uh, [Laughter] you know nobody???s, is, does that anymore. I mean they always have some goal in mind, but uh, I, my uh goal was just simply to ed-, educate me and you know, to give me a little fancy education. That just, at my age, you see, that was the thing to do.

The speaker is a 68-year-old White woman with a college education from Georgetown, Ohio; she was recorded in 1968.

County: Brown
State: OH

Georgetown, the county seat of Brown County, is 45 miles southeast of Cincinnati, near the Ohio River. The village has a current population of about 4,300 and is best known for being the childhood home of Ulysses S. Grant. The area around Georgetown is largely agricultural, and tobacco is one of the primary crops. In this segment the speaker talks about the outbuildings on her farm as well as the house where she and her husband live.
FW: I???ve been meaning to ask you what you call the little building there, where the truck is parked.

Inf: That???s a corn crib. And uh, a shelter for machinery [FW: Ah]. It???s c-, uh filled with corn on either side.

FW: Yes I- I???d noticed that yesterday. And I, I was wondering [Inf: And then uh] if that had (xx).

Inf: That, now that???s the way they used to build [FW: Uh-huh]. See that???s been up, this place, this house is over, oh I suppose fifty-five years old [FW: Oh]. Yes. And uh, that w-, was put up at the time. And the barns and uh, now some of them aren???t. The big uh, the big uh barn down there that we keep uh, that we had for the milk barn. Those things were all put up new. But the old barn and when they h-, uh a cousin of William???s came and he said, ???Well I was just looking at that old barn.??? That???s the one, there. And he said, ???I wonder how much longer it???ll l-, stand.??? And I said, ???That you and I either could live long enough, to see that barn fall down.??? You know I don???t believe he???d gotten back to Maysville when William was in that barn. And he says, ???You know that barn is coming apart in the center???? [Laughter] Isn???t that funny? So he got this man down here with, uh, all his big material, and pulled that barn back in shape. But if he hadn???t have noticed it, why the thing would have just fallen apart. [Laughter] Isn???t that odd?

FW: That???s something [Inf: Uh-hmm]. How many uh rooms do you have in this house?

Inf: Thirteen [FW: Oh boy]. And I take care of them all.

FW: Oh, you have the whole house open then?

Inf: Oh, yes. The whole house is open.

FW: Just you and your husband.

Inf: We sleep upstairs. Yes. Well, my children are home. They come home at least every two weeks, somebody???s here [FW: Oh]. At least that often. And when the ones come from Columbus, there are six of them. And when the ones come from eh s-, eh Shelbyville, there are three [FW: Wow]. Well I would, you know, the, then they have a downstairs bedroom and, and the, the little, my grandson sleeps upstairs. And then when the other children are here, well then that???s what they do is sleep downstairs and upstairs. We have three bedrooms upstairs.

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