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Interview with Cornelius and Salamea Blotsky, 1979
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TitleInterview with Cornelius and Salamea Blotsky, 1979
IntervieweeBlotsky, Cornelius, 1906-1981
Blotsky, Salamea Volk, 1908-1996
InterviewerSpiker, Allen L.
DescriptionThe interview with Cornelius and Salamea Blotsky by Allen Spiker at their home in Bismarck, N.D. It is conducted almost exclusively in German. The interview begins with a brief biographical and historical
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Date of Original1979-07-17
General SubjectEthnic
Subject (LCTGM)Language
Sod buildings
Alcoholic beverages
Subject (LCSH)Russian Germans
German language
Personal NameSpiker, Allen L.
Blotsky, Cornelius, 1906-1981
Blotsky, Salamea Volk, 1908-1996
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Burleigh County (N.D.)
Raleigh (N.D.)
Grant County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberMss 371.Tape 3; Mss 371.Tape 24
Format of OriginalAudio tapes
TranscriptionTranscription available at NDSU Germans from Russia Heritage Collection:
NotesDigitization done by an outside vendor from Tape 3 in collection.
Tape 24 (other copy of same interview, possibly the master) copied onto four cassettes by Institute staff.
Topics Covered in Interview:
0 - 5:27 Introduction and Biographical information, in German.
5:27 -22:08 Vocabulary words, in German, including singular and plural, counting, seasons of the year, common phrases, etc.
22:08 – 27:22 Familial relationship terms in German.
27:22 - 30:37 Discussion of Krasna Bessarabia, and Raleigh, N.D. in German
30:37 – 39:14 Discussion of sod houses in German.
39:14 – 41:30 Discussion of prohibition and making schnapps, beer and wine in German.
41:30 – 45:52 Discussion of entertainment, music and dances, and closing remarks in German.
Biography/HistoryCornelius Blotsky was born in Krasna, Russia on February 24, 1906. He came to the United States in 1909 with his family, and grew up near Raleigh and Solon, N.D. He married Salamea Volk on November 27, 1928. She was born on March 7, 1908, in Grant County, N.D. They farmed near Freda, N.D. until moving to Bismarck, N.D. in 1957. In Bismarck Cornelius worked for the Hoskins-Meyer Greenhouse and the Bismarck Public Schools until his retirement in 1972. Cornelius died on November 2, 1981, in Bismarck, and Salamea died on March 28, 1996, also in Bismarck. They were the parents of eight daughter s and six sons.
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Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionAllen Spiker German Russian Dialect Tapes 371
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Credit LineAllen Spiker German Russian Dialect Tapes (Mss 371), Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University, Fargo.
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the Institute by Allen Spiker.
Digital IDMr and Mrs Blotsky
Original SourceDigital audio
Audio Tracks1 track mono
Audio Sample Rate44100 Hz
Data Rate128 kbps
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