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farm work during much of his life; in his later years he lived alone and did all his own housework.
Miss Helen Jackson, a young colored student in Wayne University, obtained from her friends in Detroit songs which they had learned from their relatives and friends.
Mr. Elmer D Jencks was born in Allegheny County, New York, in 1858, and moved to Kalkaska County, Michigan, in 1878, where he lived until his death in 1937. His parents, who were of English blood, were very religious, so that his folk songs were naturally learned outside his home.
Mrs. Elmer D Jencks, born near London, Ontario, 1865, moved with hei parents, who were of Scotch, English, and Welsh stock, to Grand Traverse County, Michigan, in 1869 and died in Kalkaska in 1931. Her songs were re­membered from the singing of her mother or were learned from childhood playmates.
Mr. Karl Jensen is a jolly middle-aged dairy farmer in Pentwater, who, as he rides about his herd to keep it within bounds, still sings many of the old songs which he learned in his contacts with English neighbors and lumber­men near Manistee.
Mr. John Laidlaw was a middle-aged Scotch gardener at Ypsilanti, where he died in 1916. In his youth he had migrated from Aberdeenshire to New York State, where for some years he was head gardener on a large Hudson River estate. Later he came to Michigan, always treasuring and loving to sing the old songs of his native land, of which he had a large store. See Introduction, pp. 9-10.
Lambertson manuscript (The). See following note.
Mr. Charles Lambertson, Belding, has a composition book in which his mother, Mrs. Elsie Clark Lambertson, wrote the songs she knew and liked She was born in Seneca County, Ohio, in 1838 of Holland-Dutch parents and moved to Michigan in i860 Her husband, Edward Lambertson, was born in Ohio of parents of English and Scotch descent, who had moved from New Jersey to Ohio. Many of Mrs. Lambertson's songs were learned in Ohio in her youth. Mr. John and Mr. Charles Lambertson remembered hearing their mother sing most of the songs which she had written in the notebook.
Mr. John Lambertson was born on a farm about six miles from Belding in 1874 and died there in 1935. He liked to sing and remembered some songs that his mother and others had sung in his childhood. See preceding note.
Mrs. John Lambertson was born in Montcalm County, Michigan, in 1873. Her father, of Dutch and Irish descent, was born in Pennsylvania, and her mother, of Scotch descent, was born in New York. She learned her songs, in her childhood, from her parents and uncles or from her schoolmates.
Mr. Chauncey Leach, Kalkaska, was bom in Isabella County, Michigan, in x88a. For many years he worked in lumber camps in Michigan, especially in those near Kalkaska, and learned most of his songs fiom the lumbermen.
Mrs. Maggie Loughlm is a jolly, active woman of over seventy who manages her farm near Cannonsburg. She was born in that vicinity in 1865 of Irish parents and learned her songs from them and from her teachers.
Mr. Duncan MacAlpine, of Bad Axe, is an aged Scotchman who moved in







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