Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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List of Informants
(This list cites informants who have contributed three or more items)
Mrs. Lillian Ammerman, a student in Wayne University, Detroit, in 1930, ob­tained some songs from her mother, Mrs. Charles Adams, who was of Scotch descent. She also collected several songs from delinquent adolescent boys whom she taught in the Detention Home in Detroit, 1930-33.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Kenyon Baker, a woman of eighty, was born at Camillus, New York. Her father was a farmer and a carpenter, her mother was a doctor of medicine. Her maternal grandmother Tappan was General Grant's sister. The songs which she communicated to her young friend, Mr. H. Parkes Pmson, Ecorse, a student in Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, she had learned when she was young and lived in East China Township, St. Clair River, Michigan.
Miss Ruth Barnes is an assistant professor of English in Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti. She is of Manx stock and has a strong liking for folk song Although she makes few personal contributions, she has richly added to the collection through her students and friends from many parts of Michigan.
Miss Muriel Barr, of Munith, who was a student of Miss Ruth Barnes at Ypsilanti, contributed to the collection many songs which she had acquired from hearing them sung by her Irish grandmother, Mrs Gutina Ryan, and her uncle, Mr. John Ryan, who was a tailor in Ireland.
Mr. Ben Bower was born in 1865, in Oakland County, Michigan, where his parents had moved from New York about 1863. His mother, however, became so homesick that they moved back to New York for about twenty years before returning to Michigan. Most of Mr Bower's songs were learned in Tompkins County, New York. He is now a slender, dark-eyed, and gray-haired farmer near Belding.
Miss Kathryn Bowman, a student in Wayne University, Detroit, communi­cated a number of songs from a manuscript book of her aunt, Mrs. Peter Miller, and also from her singing. Mrs. Miller's name is listed later.
Mr. Fred Buckingham is a middle-aged farmer living near West Branch He said his father was a "Connecticut Yankee " He worked in lumber mills and camps in Michigan and learned his songs there.
Mr. Charles Bunting is a middle-aged farmer living near Alger; he was born of parents of English descent in Livingston County, Michigan. Most of his songs were learned from his mother.
Mrs. Michael Byrne is a middle-aged farmer's wife, living in Parnell, near Cannonsburg. She learned her songs from her Irish parents.
Mr. Berthold A. Chickering is a farmer who lives a few miles from Belding, near the farm on which he was born in 1876. His mother was English, and his father of English descent. He learned his songs from his father, Sylvester, who

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