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The speaker is a 53-year-old White man with a grade school education from St. Ignace, Michigan; he was recorded in 1967.
9:07-11:47


County: Mackinac
State: MI

Commentary:
St. Ignace is on the Upper Peninsula side of the Mackinac Straits that divide Lakes Michigan and Huron. Founded in 1671 by Father Marquette, a French missionary, it is the second oldest settlement in Michigan. Originally it was fur trading that drew settlers to the town, followed by fishing and lumbering. Today it is a resort town with a population that swells in the summer. The speaker here is a full-time resident who takes advantage of local offerings, especially in winter. He also shows his interest in words.
Inf: Well uh, that cribbage club has been going on possibly for about fifteen years now. At uh, is, each team is uh, eight men and, and sponsored by usually a local business man. And uh, it's, it's interesting uh, gathering due to the fact that uh every walk of life in the city is represented: uh bankers, um lawyers, um doctors, um bridge workers, highway workers, uh city employees, um, uh business people. So it's quite interesting and, and uh very good entertainment.

We play once a week, on a Friday. And uh, you pay fifty cents to play, and each evening there are two prizes. First prize of ten dollars for the high score of the evening, and a second prize of six dollars for the second high. And uh, at the end of the year, they have a banquet which is put on by the American Legion Auxiliary, which is exceptionally fine food, well-prepared. And uh, that's all included in your uh fifty cents, plus a cocktail hour, and uh and you can have anything that you wanna drink and in any amount you wanna drink.

There was a word that my mother used, uh all the time, or quite often. Uh, "epizootic," when uh somebody was, oh not seriously ill, but just out of sorts, why, and if somebody would say, "What's uh, seems to be the trouble?" my mother often would say, "It's epizootic." So that I got so that I became accustomed to saying it automatically a lot of times when somebody would be, oh half-sick or not just tip-top, why s-, I would say, "Well she got that epizootic." And so my wife uh used the term "epizootic" one day referring to herself or someone else at uh the place she was employed and uh, somebody became interested and they, they looked it up, and it was in the dictionary and, and I'm quite sure that she told me that it had a some ailment uh, that was common to horses.


The speaker is a 63-year-old White man with a grade school education from Moran, Michigan; he was recorded in 1967.
0:25-2:27


County: Mackinac
State: MI

Commentary:
Just north of the Mackinac Straits and St. Ignace on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Moran (originally Jacob City) was started as a colonization scheme worked out in Detroit, by something called the German Land Company, but the town never really prospered. It survived mostly on farming and some logging. The whole Brevort township, of which Moran is a part, has a population of less than seven hundred. The speaker relates some of what he did in the lumber industry.
Inf: Hi, folks! This is an old lumberman. I used to love to see the snow come, so I could go back in the woods. I used to like to cut the logs, watch the trees fall, and we'd drag 'em out to the skidways. And that's where our fun begin. So, we take 'em to the mill. We had logs over here that uh, we could get uh, on it, a twelve-inch board, and possibly uh, uh, fourteen-inch boards out of a tree, right through the center of the log. And I've hauled a lot of 'em to the mill. A mill that cut the logs was, was named by Quayville, the Quay brothers.

FW: What kinda jobs have you done in the woods?

Inf: Everything under, that you can name, skidded, I hauled, I cut, I top-loaded, and I also decked out here at Moran at Quayville's mill.

FW: What does that mean, decking?

Inf: Piling the logs up on a pile. And it was nothing to have uh, oh I'd say uh, seventy-five to ninety feet skidways, uh high, I mean. A man that doesn't look up there on the skidway, uh, between uh six and seven, well, five foot. He looked awful small way up on top of the skidway. If the wind was blowing, if he'd tell you to "Go ahead" with a, it was, "Bring that log up," you'd have to listen terribly to, to know what he was meaning.

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