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LaMoure County

Region 2
1 Mr. James Pritchard, Verona
2 Mrs. Hulda Johnson (no photo), Grand Rapids
3 Mr. Oliver Johnson, LaMoure
4 Henry C. Arndt, Clarence Montgomery, Harry Datke, LaMoure
5 Mr. Harold Wakefield, LaMoure
6 Mr. Ludwig deBoer, Adrian
7 Mrs. Esther Rode, Adrian
8 Mr. Theodore Noot, Marion
9 Mr. and Mrs. Acy D. Trapp (Esther), Marion
10 Mrs. Nina Leidall, Marion
11 Mrs. Molly Junod, LaMoure
12 Mr. Oscar Wankel, LaMoure
13 Mrs. Mathilda H. Brost, Kulm
14 Mr. Lawrence O. Benn, Oakes (Housed on Side 2 of Tape #17 Dickey County)
15 Mrs. Sibyl Hall, Edgeley
16 Mrs. Zoa M. Dunsdon, Edgeley
17 Mr. and Mrs. Harry DeWitt (no photo), Alfred
18 Mrs. Anna Youngman, Dickey
19 Fred M. and Leonhardt Schatzmann, Dickey
20 Mr. Carl G. Mauch, Kulm
21 Mrs. Laura Brooks, Jamestown (Nortonville)
22 Hugo Ogen photograph collection

Portions of the following interview applies to LaMoure County:
Oria Barnick, #5, Stutsman

Tape #1 James Pritchard (Verona)
000 – Introduction
020 – Family history; Education; Working out on farms
172 – Engineer on early steam engines; Early tractors; Breaking land
265 – Farm machinery; Farm procedures; Good and bad crop years
298 – Military service; Hauling tile; Begins farming
445 – Prices of farm dairy products; Groceries; Raising turkeys; Gardening; Canning meat and vegetables; Butchering; Federal Land Bank; Progressive years
521 – Size of farms; Population movement; First buildings; Settlement origin of surrounding towns
645 – Originator and origin of Verona; Early businesses in 1910; Banks
720 – Big farms; Nationalities; Baseball; Youth entertainment
859 – SIDE TWO
859 – Dust storms; Grasshoppers; Loss of land; NPL; Farmers Union; Farmers Alliance and Townley
900 – People’s political involvement; Bill Langer and Bill Lemke; Republican Party; Milton Young
927 – Roosevelt; WPA; Retirement; Cost of land; Loss of population; Past and present congeniality of people
004 – Past and present closeness of family; Blind pig: Women’s Temperance Union; Bootleggers; Present condition of the country
055 – Religions; Progressive families; Boxcar shortages; Grain prices
115 – Elevators; Stockyard; Railroad men; Children’s chores; Schools; Prairie fires
200 – Loss of land in 1930’s; Hay; Cutting thistles; Sloughs; Agricultural Extension Offices and County Agents; Alfalfa and Sweet Clover
241 – Electricity; Telephone; Opinion of ND; Hobos; Negros
346 – Threshing; Combines; Elevator; Trees; Radio
445 – End of interview

Tape #2 Mrs. Hulda O. Johnson (Grand Rapids)
000 – Introduction
025 – Family history; Education teaching career
205 – Raising pure-bred horses; Postmaster (father); Sheriff (father); Past and present Grand Rapids; Hotel
319 – Churches; Park; High school; Consolidation of schools; Music; Moves to Texas; Comes back to ND
402 – Son born; 1930’s Depression; Dust storms; Farming land; Machinery; Threshing rig; Crops in 1930’s; Canadian thistle and weeds for feed
504 – Mild cows in 1930’s; Raising farm livestock; Teaching career; Marriage; Nationalities; Social life
604 – Fourth of July celebrations; Baseball; Social life in general; Riverboats on James River; First house in LaMoure County
736 – Walking to Jamestown to get groceries; Blizzard of 1888; Other blizzards; Opinion of ND; Reader’s Digest publisher
851 – SIDE TWO
851 – Education; Progressive families; County seat fight
942 – Family life; Winter home entertainment; Card games; Telephones; Electricity; First light plant
027 – Railroads; Buses; Gardening; Canning meat and vegetables
152 – Making soap; “Good old days”; Family life
242 – Women’s Suffrage; Temperance; Smoking; Nearby towns
319 – Politics; REA; Telephones; Family life; Carom
445 – End of interview

Tape #3 Oliver Johnson (Judd)
000 – Introduction
025 – Family history; Homestead land; Marriage
186 – Early days; European Hotel; Early occupations
364 – Hobos; Early LaMoure; Blind Pigs
432 – Blacktopping streets; Community entertainment; Family history; Milton Young
530 – Nationalities; Early businessmen; Surrounding towns; Glover Ranch
603 – Railroads; Glovers; Politics; WPA; 1930’s Depression
731 – Congeniality of people; Young people; Religions
820 – Depression’s loss of farms; Dust storms; Flooding; Telephones
903 – Electricity; Water supply; Firing furnaces; Hobos
965 – Boats on James River; Cars; Speed limit signs; Police cars
075 – County sheriff; Crime
118 – End of interview

Tape #4 Henry Arndt and Clarence Montgomery (LaMoure)
Tape A
000 – Introduction
025 – Family history; Settles; Nationalities; Boats on James River; Captain Alex Alexander
140 – Mowing riverbanks; Bridge on James River; Dry river beds
186 – Clarence Montgomery’s family history; Buys farm; Moves from farm
217 – Average size farm; Dawning farm; Glover Ranch; Baldwin Ranch
305 – Springs; Dust storms; Grasshoppers; Threshing; Traveling by truck
482 – Grasshoppers; Threshing; Sea gulls and chickens eating grasshoppers
547 – Monkeys and ducks eating grasshoppers; Rust in 1920’s and 1930’s
649 – CCC; WPA
707 – Peoples opinion of programs; Prices; Fuel
828 – Population; Morale; Machinery and tires in 1940’s; Cook houses; Bunkhouses; Granaries for sleeping
958 – Hobos; Fishing
113 – IWW
122 – End of Tape A
TAPE B
127 – Politics; Populace political activity; Roosevelt in 1930’s; Milton Young
235 – Condition of county 1910-1915; “Benson Corners”; Cars; Farm population movement
337 – Social life; Baseball; Entertainment; Social separation of town and country people
470 – Shopping center; Large cities as shopping centers; “The Colony”
536 – Electricity; Telephone
658 – Progressive families; Cattle and hay in 1930’s
854 – Government shooting calves; Commodities; Creamery; Elevator
974 – End of interview

Tape #5 Harold Wakefield (LaMoure)
000 – Introduction
020 – Oldest house; Comes to Walhalla; Missionaries killed; Log house; Father Scott; Grand Forks county
084 – Judd LaMoure; Stealing records (Charley Porter); Family history
162 – Attends university; Teaching career; Workshops
255 – Changes in educational methods; Teachers’ philosophy
365 – Counselor; Freulich; Parochial Schools; Superintendent of LaMoure Public School
420 – Contention of parochial schools and public schools
513 – Changes in attitudes toward discipline in schools; Women’s liberation; Changes in morals
663 – Problems accepting the standards required of a town’s teacher; Attitudes and values of college students in 1930’s
804 – Comparison of past and present parents’ moral interest in their children; Baseburner coal stoves
845 – End of interview

Tape #6 Ludwig Deboer (Adrian)
000 – Introduction
023 – Family history; Lives in Iowa; Marriage; Moves to ND; Rust; Crops (Courtenay); Rust-resistant varieties
113 – Moves to Adrian; Crops in 1920’s; Selling cattle in association with welfare; Brain disease in horses; Buys more land; Turkeys and hogs
206 – Disease in pig barn (Nicroes); Dust storms of 1930’s; Grasshoppers; Crops in 1927 – 1937; Forms of livelihood during the 1930’s; Grinding feed; Raising and butchering turkeys
334 – Moves to Adrian; Early business and businessmen; Lives in schoolhouse
405 – Hay; Feeding thistle in 1934; Crops along river in 1930’s; River dries up; Children
469 – Stove Company; Children attend school; A. Scruller builds school
516 – Nationalities; NPL; Opinion of Townley and Langer; Farmers participating in politics; Farmers supporting Langer’s State Mill and Elevator and State Bank
600 – Farmers Holiday; NFO and Famers Union popularity; Opinion of Talbott; Loss of city populace; Early businesses; Gardening in 1920’s and 1930’s
677 – Grasshoppers; More about gardening; Threshing
747 – IWW and wages; Hobos; Canning vegetables
815 – Source of water supply for gardening; Bohemians; Buying land; Nearby towns
902 – Town flooding in spring; Religions; Building of closed school; Children’s education
987 – Teachers; WPA; CCC; Building roads
072 – Comparison of past and present friendliness of people; Social life
111 – End of interview

Tape #7 Mrs. Esther Rode (Adrian)
000 – Introduction
025 – Buying farmland; Family history
127 – Condition of water; Family history continued; Well-drilling rigs with horses; Husband’s education
208 – Building of church; Personal history; Building bridge
280 – Farming; Hail; Roosevelt
325 – Morale of populace in 1930’s; WPA; Loss of population in 1930’s; Nearby towns; County seat; Midland Railroad’s effect on business
411 – Doctor; Peak of Adrian’s growth; Fourth of July celebrations; Social life
451 – Debating and Literary societies; Plays; Dances; Movie theaters
521 – Hypnotists; Chautauqua Circuit; LaMoure County Memorial Park; Nationalities
574 – Hobos; Raising cattle in 1920’s and 1930’s; Poultry; Hogs
643 – Making wine; Selling eggs and cream; Raising poultry; Trapping; Hunting; Sewing
721 – Utilization of supplemental food sacks; Buying and storing flour and sugar; Churning and selling butter; Selling cream; Milking
803 – Women doing outdoor farm work; Hired men; Threshing; Meals
945 – Curing meat; Homemade sausage; Spearing fish
034 – Dams; James Reservoir; Flooding
113 – End of interview

Tape #8 Theodore Noot (Rural Marion)
000 – Introduction
025 – Personal history; Big farms; Renting land; Children
105 – Feeding cattle; Marketing centers; Shipping Association; Farming with horses; Tractor; Prices of land; Farm income and improvements in 1923-1931
191 – Buying land by cash; Mother dies; Buying Wagner
234 – Hay in 1930’s; Russian thistle; Buying feed; Farm livestock; Butchering; Progressive years starting in 1936; Dust storms
310 – Quack; Cane; Sorghum; Grasses; Loss of populace during 1920’s and 1930’s
398 – NPL; Politics (Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson); Children’s education
455 – Boys in military service; Travels to Holland; Country; Neighborliness; Past and present family relationships
555 – Gardening; Canning meat; Nationalities; Prices
627 – Montpelier; Flour; Grinding fee; Threshing; First combine
708 – Grain elevator; Electricity; Telephone
805 – County Extension Office; County Agent; Agricultural Experiment Stations; New seed varieties; Good crops; Shelter belts; Planting crops
904 – Burning fields; Soil conservation; Malching
005 – Children’s education
115 – End of interview

Tape #9 Mr. and Mrs. Acy Trapp (Marion)
000 – Introduction
024 – Family history; Buying land; Marriage; Farming; Education; Moves to Marion; Neighbors; Nationalities
122 – Personal history; Education; Early Marion; Early businesses; Social life; Religions
200 – Teachers; Size of towns; Marriage; Children; 1920 years; Prices during 1930’s Depression; Fuel
298 – Raising farm livestock; Picking poultry
342 – Wild animals; Coyotes killing chickens; Raising sheep; Milking cows
432 – First tractor; Farming with oxen; Farming with draft horses
524 – Sulky plow; Horses and flies; Breeding horses; Gypsies
633 – Threshing machine; Well water for steam engine; Wells; Friendliness of people
713 – 1930 family financial problems; 1930’s telephone problems; Social life; Child care; Church social activities
762 – Gardening; Dry summer 1936; Molasses for cattle feed; Forced cattle selling
825 – Government ordered cattle shooting; Raising pigs; Cutting grass
909 – Hail storms; Dust storms 1934-36; Morale of populace during 1930’s Depression; Better taxpaying years
002 – Grasshoppers; NPL
119 – End of interview

Tape #10 Mrs. Nina Leidall (Marion)
000 – Introduction
025 – Family history; Homesteads; Mother dies
112 – Siblings; Father’s truck; Raising sheep for meat and wool; Spinning wool
204 – Cattle and horses; Hired men; Epidemics; Builds home; Goes broke; Brother dies
325 – Becomes ill; Meets husband; Education
425 – Probation; Liquor store; Marriage; Education; Works in post office
511 – Schoolhouse; Husband comes to ND; Description of pictures
631 – Sells cars; 1930’s Depression effect on businesses; Children
704 – Infantile paralysis; Children’s education; First building; Railroad; Snuff jars
814 – Hanies store; Marketing towns; Flour mill
915 – Traveling by horse and buggy; Family history; Neighbors; Dr. Duane Nagel
106 – End of interview

Tape #11 Mrs. Molly Junod (LaMoure)
000 – Introduction
024 – Family history; Stage route; Saratoga Springs
170 – Early marketing towns; Traffic on James River; Railroad
221 – Education; PV Elevator; Stone bridge; Family moves; Johnson Power Elevator; Implement business; Wages
310 – Neighbors; Pioneer home; Hired people to manage farm
427 – Father’s land; Father dies; Sells land; Education; Teaching and wages; Decline and building area towns
501 – Moving County Seat; Siblings; Dickey
585 – Deputy treasurer; LaMoure; Telephones; Electricity
654 – Midwives and doctors; Browns; Injuries and ice
765 – Meets husband; Husband’s family; Nationalities
869 – Ardeusser; Marriage; Indian hammer
942 – Begins farming; Threshing rig; Enterprising families
080 – LaMoure; Creamery
108 – End of interview

Tape #12 Oscar Wankel (LaMoure)
000 – Introduction
024 – Comes to North Dakota; Occupations; Friendliness of people; Early LaMoure; Hotel burns
111 – Stage line; Traffic on James River; Moving county seat; Cars
185 – Size of farms
217 – Fred Glover; Hunting and fishing; Large fires
305 – Prairie fires; Education; Hunting; Operating elevator
392 – Threshing rig; Elevators with horses
453 – Gas operated elevator; Boxcar shortage; Marriage; Traveling
516 – Baseball
552 – End of interview

Tape #13 Mrs. Mathilda Brost (Kulm)
000 – Introduction
025 – Comes to ND; Begins farming; Education
109 – Siblings; Studies at home; Prairie fires; Family history
170 – Comes to US; Family history
228 – Water; Early ND; Blizzards; Sod house
304 – Midwives and doctors; Father buys land; Neighbors; Sod houses; Church in sod house
438 – Congregational Church; Nationalities; Religions
509 – First minister; Learning English; Chores at home; Farming with horses; Settlers
600 – Gardening; Farming; Sewing; Crops; Marketing centers
712 – Flour mill; Grocery store; Making yeast; Canning; Root cellar
807 – Gypsies; Marriage; Learning to play organ
952 – Siblings; Husband; Buying land
023 – Marriage and children; 1920’s; Husband dies; Snowstorms
114 – Helping in field; Threshing machine; 1930’s; NPL; CCC
195 – End of interview

Tape #14 Mr. L. O. Benn (Oakes)
This interview is located on Tape #17, Side 2, Dickey County
000 – Introduction
020 – Family history; Homestead
051 – Farming methods
066 – Education
084 – Farm machinery
119 – Neighbors in area; Recreation
138 – Family farm and farming in 1930’s; Raising livestock; Dust storms; Grasshoppers
221 – New government methods of farming; Strip farming and shelter belts
237 – Depression continued and grasshoppers
274 – Gardening in 1930’s
294 – Family farm
336 – Electricity
377 – Radio communications
416 – Recreation
444 – Agricultural marketing
473 – Telephone communications
524 – Religion
530 – Nationalities in area
554 – Family life
558 – Hired men
590 – Farm machinery and methods; Crops; Businesses
810 – Agricultural marketing; Elevators
886 – Farm machinery
957 – End of tape

Tape #15 Mrs. Sibyl Hall (Edgeley)
000 – Introduction
023 – Father comes to ND; Jonahs Patz
121 – Threshing rig; Husband; Education; Teaching; Comes to ND
203 – Family history; Life in Missouri; Meets husband
316 – Teaches; Manual teaching; School building
435 – Marriage; Drought years; CCC; WPA
505 – Land ownership; Bank failures; NPL; Nationalities
605 – Post office; School disciplinary problems; Land Company; Farms
715 – Loss of population; Machinery; Value of land; Children; Grocery store
858 – Children’s education; Grocery Store; Meat
947 – Bank closing; Father in sports; More banks close
043 – SIDE TWO
043 – Father in politics; Community minded families
152 – Influencing Senator Young’s election; Baseball
210 – Social life; Entertainment
328 – Women’s Temperance Union; Blind pigs; Suffrage; NPL and Langer; Political interest
404 – 1930’s political affiliations; World War I political support; Railroad; Hobos
508 – Credit; Family companionship; Religions
663 – Morale in 1930’s; CCC; WPA
710 – Opinion of ND and populace
719 – End of interview

Tape #16 Mrs. Zoa Dunsdon (Edgeley)
000 – Introduction
026 – Family history; Comes to Edgeley; Education
135 – Homestead land at Montana; Husband’s family; Depression years; Farm livestock
204 – Gardening; Canning; Political involvement; WPA; Works in store
302 – Bowan Brothers; Fabric; Sewing; Friendliness of people; Religion
414 – Improvements to Edgeley; Dentist; Boardinghouse; Moves into town; Brother’s work
509 – Husband dies; Edgeley’s growth; Opinion of state; Marriage
601 – Diaries; Former and present family relationships; Women’s Liberation Movement; Television; Radio; Making rugs
700 – Button hobby; Husband’s hobbies; Youth social life; Neighborliness; Games
806 – Reading; Blizzards; Prairie fires; Coyotes; Threshing; Tractors; Price of land
909 – Farms; Opinion as to future of the country; Bible
108 – End of interview

Tape #17 Mr. and Mrs. Harry DeWitt (Alfred)
000 – Introduction
024 – Grandfather starts in ND; Father’s family; Putting up hay’ Father’s education
148 – Parents’ marriage; Mother’s claim
230 – His education; Prosperous years; Nationalities; Prairie fires
323 – Her parents come to US; Midwives; South Russia
416 – Her education; Siblings; Wells
502 – Youth social life; Sports; Sod house; Farms
607 – Flour mill; Coal; Meets husband; Children
712 – Marriage; Farming with machinery and stores; 1930’s
833 – Father’s land; Paying back loans; Neighborliness
927 – Home life; Family life; Babysitters
009 – NPL; Early business; Fires
114 – End of interview

Tape #18 Mrs. Anna Youngman (Dickey)
000 – Introduction
029 – Family history; Comes to ND; Bank established
115 – In-laws move to Bismarck; Husband works for railroad; Comes to Dickey
204 – Mother; Parents meet; Irish Valley; Lives on farm; Siblings
413 – Husband; Dalrymple Farm; Wisconsin
512 – ND landscape; Cares for woman; Early business
644 – Buys home; Marriage
781 – Dray line; Coal; Depot; Milk supply
840 – Baking bread; Hotel; Taylor and Roscoe families
015 – SIDE TWO
015 – Adding to hotel; Mail; County seat
103 – Marketing center; Planting; Open range; Water; Landscape; Doctor; Nationalities
196 – School building; WPA; Loss of populace; Farm living
261 – Children; 1930’s; Railroad
300 – Farms; Trees; Gardening; Canning; Butchering; Ice fishing
397 – WPA; Water; Railroad shipping
467 – Museums; 1930 dust storms; Grasshoppers
531 – Hobos; Description of Dickey; WCTU
641 – Rolfsrud; E. Preston story; Doctors
724 – E. Preston; WCTU; L.B. Hanna
011 – Child Labor Law; Women’s suffrage; Wanner
116 – Francis Willard; Present Women’s movement
242 – End of interview

Tape #19 Fred and Leonhardt Schatzmann (Dickey)
000 – Introduction
024 – Water veins; Digging wells; Water witches or douser’s methods
135 – More douser’s methods; Finding water
206 – Witch wells; Willow branch; Water witching in family; Conjunctions of stars
324 – Tapping neighbor’s water; Soil Subsidiaries; Weird douser
411 – Credidium (?); Douser methods and qualifications
543 – Digging wells by hand; Believing in water witching; Missing water veins
620 – Shutting off a vein; Vein through Marion; Water table
697 – Digging well at Fairbanks, Alaska; Oil digger finds water
760 – Water table; Salt wells; Depth reached with wire
872 – Supernatural powers; Rocks for houses; Rammed rock
023 – SIDE TWO
023 – Handed down trick; Oakes water table
118 – Misusing water dousing; Effect of star born under; Magnetism of earth; Moving water and still water
207 – Water south of Oakes; Determining depth; Water reaching vein; Sheldon bottomless lake
293 – Digging ditches in Arizona Desert; Well drillers and dousers; Bermuda Triangle
372 – Other supernatural beliefs; Pearl Harbor Constellation and Abraham Lincoln walking through Whiter House
419 – Crazy captain; Predictions
530 – End of Tape A
TAPE B
000 – Introduction
021 – Saratoga Springs; Stage towns; County seat
102 – Pioneers; Nationalities; Family history
235 – Dakota Territory (description of pictures); Brothers; King Ludwig; Mad King’s Teahouse
306 – Family history; Father homesteads; Sod shack
407 – Lumber on river; Barges; Hauling lumber; Hotel; Creamery; Flour mills
545 – Early towns; Midland Continental
648 – Siblings; Education; School sold
760 – Saratoga Springs; Fort Smith; Stage stops
843 – Stone masons and buildings; Prairie fires
955 – Tractors; Water witching; Depth; Quality
013 – Number 7 strength; Training for dousing; Dousing methods; Digging through vein
199 – War prediction; Bible; Reincarnation
430 – Jehovah Witness Theory; Past war predictions
595 – Crazy Captain; Other predictive people; Dousing and premonitions
691 – End of interview
Comment:  This interview is especially informative concerning the subject of water witching

Tape #20 Carl Mauch (Kulm)
000 – Introduction
025 – Family history; Comes to US; Soviet Union’s lottery system
110 – Immigration; Kindergarten; Travelling from Russia to US
209 – Electric light 1898; Travelling; Smuggled from Soviet Union
326 – Finances; Father homesteads; Buying machinery and livestock
440 – Water; Sod house; Livestock shelter
574 – Opinion of country; Land description; Chimney smoke signals
620 – Large ranchers; Open range; Preempting; “Dwarfs”; Nationalities
717 – Marketing center; Amount of land; Settler’s necessities
817 – Mother’s pregnancy; Midwives; Education
849 – SIDE TWO
910 – Fuel; Prairie fires; School houses; Education; Textbooks; Swedish settlement
007 – Churches; Land breaking; Field kitchen
114 – First winter; Sod houses; Ovens; Land breaking; Threshing; Farm poultry
211 – Threshing machine; Building herds of horses; Machinery; Chores; Putting up hay
325 – Entertainment; Adobe
404 – Hauling grain; Steam rigs; Land
562 – Military service; International Machinery Dealership; George Gackle
693 – End of interview

Tape #21 Mrs. Laura Brooks (Jamestown)
000 – Introduction
021 – Family history; Comes to ND; Works for a neighbor; More family history
112 – Midland Railroad; Nortonville; Nearest town; Travels from Minnesota to ND; Trip from Edgeley to Nortonville with steam engine
175 – Inspection of steam engines; Threshing engines; Brother’s work; Siblings
235 – Depression years expenses; Custom plowing; Cooking for threshers; Thresher’s food; Wages
322 – IWW threshing men; Meat wagon; Judd butcher shop; Threshing territory; Threshing time; Brothers
373 – Road crew; Engine fuel; Description of pictures
420 – Nationalities; Land ownership; Church; Marriage; Farm location
481 – Nortonville; Midland Continental Railroad; Businessmen; Hotel; Section house; Depot
539 – Nortonville declination; Entertainment; Chautauquas; Baseball
624 – Children; Farm work; Children’s responsibility; 1918 Flu Epidemic
716 – SIDE TWO
716 – Christmas Cactus; Garden; Canning; Preserving meat; Midwives
762 – Neighborliness; Good and poor crop years; Cattle raising beginning
802 – Selling produce; Buying store products; Flour; World War I; NPL; The Leader; Works on school board
902 – Superintendent on Sunday School Board; Building up church; Church sociability; Stays on farm during 30’s
957 – Spirits in the 30’s; People leave; Lose farms; Grasshoppers; Cattle feed in 30’s; Population attitude changed
004 – Opinion of ND
032 – End of interview
Comment:  This interview contains a variety of informative ND topics

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