Bell, Charles

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The first portion of the tape records a very short historical marker dedication ceremony at Brownwood. Mr. Brown gives a very thorough biography of his parents, including a great deal of specific data. This is related to his later discussion on German immigration to Texas. He discusses the most important families, establishment of several towns and memorable incidents.

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Interviewee Name: Charles Bell

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Location: Brownwood, Texas


Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Historical marker dedication: Reading of marker, Short history of Brownwood, Locations, Prayer, Charles Bell: Father's family biography, Early Brownwood school , Early dentistry, Mother's family biography, Big Bend incident, McGhee: Cooking rice, Hunting incident, Shaving a ranger, German history, First 400, Kothmann history, Brownsville establishment, Fredericksburg establishment, Art, Texas, establishment, Loyal Valley naming, Premiere ranch founding, H. Fritz Kothmann's eye

Tape 1, Side 2: H. F. Kothmann family: Walking incident, Fee for splitting rails, Premiere Herefords, Sheep grazing and shearing, Cattle drives, Numbers, Drive incident, Mausebach survey, Indian treat, Final treat, Meats eaten - 1846

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