Anderson, John R. 2016-09-21

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This interview features Rich Anderson as he describes his life and his ranching knowledge. In this interview, Anderson details his ranching style and the lessons he has learned from previous ranchers in his family. Anderson also describes his involvement with the National Ranching Heritage Association.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: John R. "Rich" Anderson

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: September 21, 2016

Location: Gail, Texas

Interviewer: Andy Wilkinson

Length: 02:16:41 (2 hours, 16 minutes)


Health and doctor visits; Family history, growing up, ranching; Enrolling in school, courting Barbara, moving; Playing football at Oklahoma University; Energy problems, crossbreeding cattle; Handling Charolais cattle; Using airplanes on a ranch; Leasing and running his land with a friend; Variety of native grasses on his land; rotation system; Planning for droughts; Involvement with the Ranching Heritage Association; Resolving issues with the Ranching Heritage Center; The future of the Ranching Heritage Center; Describing the ranch land and the buildings on the property

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio CD recording available for listening in our Reading Room

Transcript: found here:

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