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Interview with Theodosia Mehrer, 1979
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TitleInterview with Theodosia Mehrer, 1979
IntervieweeMehrer, Theodosia Schulz, 1907-2006
InterviewerSpiker, Allen L.
DescriptionAllen Spiker interviewed Theodosia Mehrer on July 14, 1979 at the North Dakota Historical Society of Germans from Russia convention held in Jamestown, N.D. Mrs. Mehrer gives a short biographical background of herself and her grandfather Simon Schulz. She sings two songs that her grandfather taught her in German. One deals with birds and the other is a sad song about soldiers. She calls them street songs since people would sing them when walking down the street. This is followed by her pronouncing various words and speaking various phrases in German as asked by Spiker. Mehrer mentions that she speaks the 'Kashibish' German dialect.
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Date of Original1979-07-14
General SubjectEthnic
Subject (LCTGM)Language
Subject (LCSH)Russian Germans
German language
Kashubian language
Personal NameMehrer, Theodosia Schulz, 1907-2006
Spiker, Allen L.
Organization NameNorth Dakota Historical Society of Germans from Russia
LocationMott (N.D.)
Hettinger County (N.D.)
New Leipzig (N.D.)
Grant County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberMss 371.Tape 5; Mss 371.Tape 50
Format of OriginalAudio tapes
TranscriptionTranscription available at NDSU Germans from Russia Heritage Collection:
NotesDigitization done by an outside vendor.
Topics Covered in Interview:
0 - 2:56 Biographical information, in English
2:57 -5:19 Singing song about birds, in German
5:20 - 6:49 Discusses songs and additional biographical information, in English
6:50 - 9:13 Singing sad song about a soldier, in German
9:14 - 38.38 Mehrer speaks phrases and words in German as requested by Spiker.
Biography/HistoryTheodosia Schulz was born in 1907 at Mott, N.D., daughter of Robert S. and Sophia Schulz. Robert was born in 1880 in South Dakota, the son of Simon Schulz who was of German ancestry, emigrating to America from Kulm, Bessarabia, Russia. He first lived in South Dakota and circa 1900 moved to Kulm, N.D. Theodosia grew up in North Dakota, including at Mott, Elgin and New Leipzig. She married and also was a teacher. She died in 2006.
External ResourceConsult transcription at:
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 IDTheodosia Mehrer
Original SourceAudio tapes;
Audio Sample Rate44100 Hz
Data Rate128 kbps
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