Baird, W Urn 1983-08-10

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W. Urn Baird discusses past politics and organized crime in Winkler County, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. Urn Baird

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Date: August 10, 1983

Location: Seminole, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: W\Organization of Winkler County, Elected officials, W. O. Bill Priest, Personality, Business dealings with Baird, Political problems, Buck Weaver and local law enforcement officials, Killing of Blackie Laughlin, "Peg" Wilson, County Commissioner, Underworld leaders in Winkler County, Bootleg whiskey, Carl Brindenstool, Heavy Brachine, "Peg" Wilson (again), Personality, Payment of County employees, Alleged corruption of County Commissioners, Murder of Blackie Laughlin (again), Ellis Sommers and cleaning up of Wink, Ethics, Bill Priest (again), Tom LeChez and deputies under priest, Fee bill, L. C. Hannah, Attempt to move County seat, County Commissioners, Gilbert Hogg, Fees, Jim and Cotton Waddle, "Peg" Wilson and Homer Pace

Tape 1, Side 2: Kermit, Texas, Population, School, Working for "old man Hendricks", Roy Westbrook, Drilling of Hendricks well, July 1956, Offsets, Ellis Sommers (again), Ethics, Trouble in Wichita Falls, Texas, Bootleg Liquor (again), Heavy Branchine (again), Wife, Involvement in murders, Physical stature, Beating, Promotion of Priest's resignation, Business dealings with Baird (again), Baird's opinion relative to Priest's guilt, Priest's physical stature, Baird from Grayson County, Texas, Brother born in Indian Territory, Brothers in World War II

Range Dates: 1900-1983

Bulk Dates: 1920-1940

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