Birnie, David 1971-10-22

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David Birnie discusses his background and work as a bookkeeper and cowboy on the Matador Ranch.

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Interviewee Name: David Birnie

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Date: October 22, 1971

Location: Matador, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born in Scotland, 1895, Came to Texas, 1920, World War I services, Arrival at Roaring Springs, Daily duties, Worked on South Dakota range, early 1920s, John M. Jackson, Relations with Sioux Indians, Marriage, Quits Matador, 1941, John MacBain, John Mackenzie, Ranch lease on Echols Ranch, Worked for Matador Ford dealer, Reasons for leaving Matador, Matador bookkeeping techniques, Paydays, Regrets at selling of Matador, Community feeling on Matador sale

Tape 1, Side 2: Effect of Matador sale on the town, Oil stock - Toreador Royalty Corporation, Visit to Scotland, 1960s, Prefers Texas and ranch work, Adaption to life in Texas, Changes in town of Matador

Range Dates: 1895-1960s

Bulk Dates: 1895-1960s

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