Schoppa, Pauline 1980-12-09

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Pauline Schoppa tells of her past and of her German family customs.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Pauline Schoppa

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: December 09, 1980

Location: Slaton, Texas

Interviewer: Elaine Brook

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family history, How she came to Lubbock from Germany, Church at Waters (close to Austin, Texas), Lutheran Church, Services in German until World War II, Parents married (1920), Mother’s family history, Mother died (1929), Pauline was 8 years old, Mother’s parents, German language, Attitudes towards Germans during World War II, German Catholics, Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition times, Making home brew, German characteristics, Conservative, Customs with use of hog, Sausage, ham and bacon making, Casing cleaning, Pig feet, Corhorst (head sausage), Made of haed, liver, heart and kidney, Stuffed in stomach and large intestines, Bluehorst (blood sausage), Pig feet—pickled, Cracklings (pig skins), Lard, Preserving food, Lye soap.

Tape 1, Side 2: Originally from Vernon, Texas, Moved to Slaton (1941), Reasons, Farming, Pressure to deny German background, World War II, Characteristics of German people, Hard working, Aggressive, German Lutherans, Less pressure than German Catholics, Friendship and social life, Dance club member, Stepmother, German family dances, Types of dances, Country and western, Waltz, German music, Accordian, Harmonica, Piano, Church hymns in German, Married (November 1940), Speaking German in World War II, Customs of marriage, Germans must marry Germans, Consequences of mixed marrying, Others interviewed, Rations, Sugar, Coffee, Hiding food, Canning food, Meat processing and storing, Electricity in 1947, Carpentry.

Range Dates: 1920-1980

Bulk Dates: 1940s

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