Bell, Charles 1969-11-14

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Charles Bell relates incidents and early settlers in Brownwood, and talks about Brownwood during the Depression.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Charles Bell

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Date: November 14, 1969

Location: Brownwood, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Manuscript of unknown origin: Story about John Weldon, and horse thief, who burned down the jail trying to escape in 1878, Lists early officers, merchants, and pioneers of Brown County, Discusses the W. W. Watkins family and their recollections of Brownwood pioneers, Tells of the June, 1876 freeze in Brown County, Story of Mr. Bell trading two chickens for a five-year subscription to Dallas Semi-Weekly News, Discusses the government cattle-killing during the depression, Discusses going into the sheep and goat business

Tape 1, Side 2: Story about Will Simmons selling rambouillet sheep to Russians, Refers to story about Henry Ford being Jesse James, Discusses Brooke Smith and bank failures of 1920s, Story of why the Santa Fe built into Brown County, Tells about the "San Saba Mob" terrorizing San Saba County

Range Dates: 1876-1969

Bulk Dates: 1876-1969

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