Collected by Max Hunter (H-13)
For Mary C. Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Max Hunter speaking of Mrs. Olive
Reel 257-58, Item 12
I would like to tell you something about Mrs.
Coberley. As you heard her say, she is ninety-one
years old. She is very hard of hearing and
practically totally blind. And all the songs
that Mrs. Coberley sings she says it's strictly
from memory, without the use of any written
ballad or book whatsoever. She's been in the
Ozarks for approximately forty years. And
before moving into Wheatland and Weaubleau,
she lived up around Breckenridge, in the northern
part of the state. Her husband's parents came
from England, and the song "The Nine Blessings
of Mary" is one that she learned from her
husband before he died, and is one which he
had learned from his parents.
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