Collected by Jim Bob Wheeler and James Leonard
For M.C. Parler
Transcribed by Linda Humphrey
Sung by Mrs. Mary Faultz Fayetteville, Ark.
June 16, 1960 Reel 378 Item 10
I received your letter, dear Charlie,
The last one you wrote to me,
I've read it over and over
And of course, my dear friend, I'll agree.
Here are your letters, dear Charlie;
I burned mine as they came,
And I hope without reading them over, You'll submit them at once to the flame.
You do not need them, dear Charlie,
To remind you of vows untrue,
But as you require them of me,
I"ll send them at once to you.
Here is your picture, dear Charlie,
It's almost faded away Because I've kissed it so often,
And that you may tell Miss Grey.Dear Charlie continued
Here is your ring dear Charlie,
Don't give it to her, I pray,
Unless you tell her 'twas once mine,
One year ago today.
One year ago today, dear Charlie,
One bright happy day to us both;
You vowed you never deceive me,
But I find you're not true to you oath.
And now I must say goodby;
My letter is near to an end,
But I hope you'll remember, dear Charlie, I'm forever and ever your friend.BIOGRAPHY OF MRS. PHIDELA HOGAN AND MRS. MARY FAULTZ
My father's name was Joseph William Gilbert. My mother's name was Sophia Elizabeth Scott born at Mayfield, Arkansas.
I was the fifth child in a family of seven and was born in Benton County at Osage Mills. My sister is Mary Faultz.
She was the sixth child and was born at Spring Valley.
We moved several times until I was six and then we were raised at Zion.
The earliest memories I have were of singing was that the whole family sang. Most of them played some stringed instrument. None of us new any music by note.
When we were between five and six we would sing at the village grocery and the owner would give us candy. This came to an end when our mother found out about it. We sang at all the school, church and community affairs, but especially at home. On a summer evening, all we had to do was to set out on the porch and sing songs, and all the neighbors would join us.
Most of the songs were learned from mother and dad or our older brothers and sisters. A few songs such as "Fair Nogtinghan Town"were brought from England by our Great Grandfather. "To London I Did Go" also came from London or Ireland. Also several songs came from Kentucky.
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