[Brown wax home recording of Thanksgiving party at home of W.H. Greenhow, Hornell, New York, November 27, 1898].
W.H. Greenhow and others.
Brown wax cylinder.
Inscription on slip: "Record Taken Nov 27 1898 / W H Greenhow / Mother / Mrs R C Wombough / Mrs Emma June Wombough / Mabel Wombough / Helen Wombough / June W. by proxy / Olive [inserted on side] / Mrs R C Wombough / WHG / Mrs RCW"; at bottom, underlined: "Not good."
Speech begins: " ... Thanksgiving party at the house of William H. Greenhow, Fifty-eight Hill Street, November twenty-seventh eighteen hundred and ninety-eight." The guests each speak in turn, naming themselves as follows: "Mary Frodsham Greenhow," W.H. Greenhow's mother; "R. C. Wombough," i.e., Rachel Cornelia (Loveland) Wombough, born 1815; "E. J. Wombough," i.e., Emma J. Wombough, R.C.'s daughter-in-law and the widow of Charles Wombough, whose first wife had been W.H. Greenhow's sister Maggie (d. 1882); "Mabel Wombough," daughter of Charles and Maggie (Greenhow) Wombough; "Helen Wombough," daughter of Charles and Emma J. Wombough; then W.H. Greenhow says: "Little Jennie Wombough, twelve years old, declines to give her name; she will be excused on account of bashfulness"; she was another daughter of Charles and Emma J. Wombough; then: "R. C. Wombough, born in Delaware County, Franklin, Delaware County, eighteen hundred fifteen, eighteen hundred and fifteen"; then W.H. Greenhow: "We've had a very entertaining afternoon with the phonograph, we hope that all have enjoyed it," etc.; he sings an unidentified song about the woods in summer. Finally, R.C. Wombough speaks again: "I came to Addison, to this county, in thirty-seven. I've lived in one place sixty years or two [laughs]. Now I ... ... Henry Wombough ... came to Addison in eighteen hundred four."
Sung in English.
The David Giovannoni Collection of home cylinder recordings (William Henry Greenhow Collection, Set Number: 134-02, Originally acquired: Wayne show, October 2008).
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