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488         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
his youth from Ontario, Canada, into the vicinity of his present home. See Introduction, pp. 11-12.
Mrs. Allan McClellan, after her childhood in Ontario, Canada, spent her life on a farm in Sheridan Township near Bad Axe. See Introduction, pp 8-9.
Mr. Frank Madison, Grattan Center, learned most of his songs while working in Michigan lumber camps. His grandfather settled in Utica, Michigan, in the early 1840*5; several years later his father and uncle took up government land near Grattan, where Mr. Madison was born in 1846.
Mrs. Edna Nummer Mercer was born on a farm near Beldmg, where she still lives. She learned her songs from her mother, and from her maternal grandmother, who was of Welsh and Scotch descent.
Mrs. Peter Miller, a middle-aged woman of Irish extraction, lives on a farm near West Branch. One winter she and her husband worked in a lumber camp near West Branch; he worked in the woods while she was employed in the kitchen as cook. See Introduction, p. 7.
Mr. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska, was born in 1863 of Holland-Dutch parents in Ross Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In his early youth he worked in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, until 1882. After that he worked in Pine Creek, Slate Run, Black Forest, Young Woman's Creek, Kettle Creek, and other lumber camps in Pennsylvania until 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Muchler lived for a year at Niagara Falls, New York, then moved to Kalkaska in 1914. Until recendy Mr. Muchler has been very active; he especially loves to fish.
Mrs. Charles Muchler was born in 1864 in Salladasburg, Pennsylvania, which, she said, was named after her paternal great-grandfather. Her father was a woods contractor and always had working for him a number of men, from whom Mrs. Muchler learned most of her songs.
Miss Florence Myers, who was a student in Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, in 1916, communicated some songs which she had obtained from lumbermen who had worked in a camp on die Manistee River near her home
Mr. H. Parkes Pinson of Ecorse was a young student in Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, in 1916. He was of English descent and interested in traditional songs, several of which he obtained from an elderly friend, Mrs Mary Ellen Kenyon Baker, elsewhere described m this list.
Mrs. Rachel Chickering Post was born in 1855 of English parents on a farm near Belding, not far from the one where she now lives. Although often living alone since her husband's death, she always seems to have pie, cake, or both on hand to feed visitors. Most of her songs she learned in her youth from her father or young friends.
Mr. William Rabidue, West Branch, was born in 1862. His father was born in New York State of French parents, and his mother in Germany. He worked in the lumber mills and camps for many years and learned his songs there; he later turned to farming.
Mrs. Sol Riley, a sister of Mrs. Jim Fisher, lives near Kalkaska on a farm which she has managed since her husband's death. She regularly milks six to ten cows and cares for two small children. Her songs were learned in her youth in Ohio and Michigan from her parents and friends.
Mr. Herbert Ross is a farmer near Belding. He was born in Ionia County







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