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Identifier

RT398_F666m_1960_12

Publication Date

7-18-1960

Description

An interview with Marvin Strahmeier regarding the early days of Hays, KS, and Effie Sumner Fuller regarding the early history of Nicodemus, KS
The introduction is missing.
00:00:05 - Marvin Strahmeier, immigrating to the United States from Germany
00:00:57 - Hays, KS in 1886
00:02:33 - Schools in Hays
00:04:07 - Herding cattle for the Barry family
00:05:05 - Molasses mill at Hays
00:07:02 - Going to work for John Orth and the geography around Schoenchen, KS
00:08:41 - Farm houses and sod houses
00:09:20 - Going to work for John Kelly in 1890 and the flood in the fall of 1890
00:11:09 - School experience
00:12:12 - Marrying his wife in 1905
00:13:36 - Old Settler's Picnic
00:16:07 - Serving in the Army during the Spanish American War
00:18:54 - Homesteading on the Smoky Hill River in 1904
00:20:10 - Rattlesnake under the baby buggy
00:22:42 - Fishing in Big Creek as a boy
00:24:08 - Wages for herding cattle in the 1890s
00:25:43 - Harvest crew struck by lightning in 1897
00:30:07 - Prairie fire in 1897
00:31:14 - Driving to surrounding towns
00:35:50 - Livery barns in Hays
00:38:53 - Mrs. Effie Green Sumner Fuller, African American teacher, and daughter of former slaves, interview introduction
00:39:21 - Father's service as an African American soldier during the Civil War
00:40:30 - Mother's early life in Texas
00:40:50 - Experience with Indigenous American leaders at Ft. Leavenworth
00:41:11 - Personal background
00:41:48 - Life in early Nicodemus, KS
00:44:45 - Song, Go Down To The Water (African American baptismal hymn)
00:45:52 - Politicians at the Emancipation celebration in Nicodemus
00:49:27 - Changes in Nicodemus over the years
00:50:00 - Two Nicodemus families moving back to Africa
00:50:54 - Marrying Lorenzo Fuller in 1916 and husband's entertainer career with the Fuller Concert Company
00:55:20 - Travels
00:55:54 - Son, actor and performer, Lorenzo Fuller Jr.
00:58:26 - Song on organ chime bells, Old Black Joe
01:00:00 - Song, Go Down, Moses
01:01:19 - Song, Steal Away Home
01:02:51 - O.T. Medder, minister of the Congregational church in Stockton on meeting the Fullers
01:04:24 - Religious life in Nicodemus
01:05:21 - African American religious community in Stockton
01:06:26 - Masonic Lodge in Nicodemus
01:07:08 - African American funerals

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Subject

Immigrants -- Germany, Reischbach, Bavaria, Schoenchen (Kan.), Sod houses, Dugouts, John Orth, Munjor (Kan.), Smoky Hill River, African Americans, Folk songs, African American spirituals, Stockton (Kan.)

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© Forsyth Library Special Collections, Fort Hays State University

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Language

eng

Interview with Marvin Strahmeier and Effie Sumner Fuller

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