Holcomb, Mr and Mrs Marshall 1972-06-08

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Former Matador Ranch cowboy Marshall Holcomb and his wife describe his ranching career. Especially interesting is his description of Matador’s wild, post-war cattle.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Holcomb

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Date: June 8, 1972

Location: Paducah, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Background and early life, Began work for Matador (1932), Describes breaking mules and horses, Slaughter’s loss of land recalled (1931), Matador Depression wages, Procedure for doctoring screw worms, Catching and branding mavericks, Character of cowboys explored, Cattle stealing discussed, Working for JA and Pitchfork ranches, Description of Matador horses, Recalls dragging a horse from a river bog.

Tape 1, Side 2: Drafted into Army, World War II, Farming experiences noted, Former acquaintance with John Stevens discussed, Describes character of Matador cattle after the war, Effect of Matador liquidation on community economy, Anecdote about a "greenhorn" cowboy, Rattlesnake stories, Explains lack of modern facilities on the Matador Camp, Recalls Scottish visitors to the Matador, Wild cow traps discussed, Praises cistern water.

Range Dates: 1932-1951

Bulk Dates: 1932-1951

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