Bingham, Rachel 1969-09-00

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Mrs. Rachel Bingham describes her family and her life, including her time spent living and working on the Spur Ranch. Note: Poor sound quality sometimes makes these tapes difficult to understand.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Rachel Bingham

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: September 1969

Location: Spur, Texas


Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Recent funerals, Spur, Texas, Mrs. Bingham's family, Mother, Childbirth, Teaching, W. W. Ellis, father, Arrived Spur (May 1, 1903), From Mississippi, Move to East Texas, Ranching operation, Anecdote: drunk cowboy, Al Bingham, husband, Married (1909), Jobs, Family relationships, Ranching life, Land purchase, Moves on the ranch, Cooking, Furniture, Mrs. Bingham's family (again), Mother (again), Siblings, Father (again), Anecdote: coffee drinking, Ranching life (again), Cooking (again)

Tape 1, Side 2: Ranching life (continued), Cooking (continued), Anecdote, Timbers Emory, Move to Spur headquarters, Flu epidemic (1918), Cooking (again), Mrs. Bingham's family life (again), Anecdote: wolf trap, Music, Present home, Loan, Anecdote: coffee, Water, Gunfighter, "Pink" Higgins, Adventures, Death, Anecdote: gunfight

Tape 2, Side 1: Pink Higgins (continued), Anecdote: gunfight (continued), Newspaper article, Dancing, Anecdote lessons, As entertainment, Recent dance, Mother ring, Children's birth dates, Large ranches, Land fraud, "Landslides" (small sections of land), Swenson ranch policy, Children's animals, Raising chickens, Left the ranch (1942)

Tape 2, Side 2: Large ranches (continued), Swenson ranch (continued), Meeting with A. J. Swenson, Al Bingham (again), Pension, Finances, Land owned, Roads, Modern ethics, Food donations, Legal problems, Al Bingham (again), Return to Swenson employ, Dancing, Ranching life (again), Changes since 1940s, School, Pupils, Lunches, Christmas

Tape 3, Side 1: "Judge" Erickson, Country store, Depression (1930s), Hardship, Working, Dancing (again), Car gift (1960)

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1848-1969

Bulk Dates: 1903-1942

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