Blasingame, Tom 1975-09-20

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Tom Blasingame speaks of his lengthy career in ranching, placing emphasis on his years spent on the Double Circle, Matador and JA ranches.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Tom Blasingame

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Date: September 20, 1975

Location: Campbell Line Camp, JA Ranch

Interviewer: Byron Price

Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Line camp located, Family background, Double Circle Ranch, Ranch life described, Problems with wolves, Her management, Railroad located, Compared to Texas and New Mexico ranches, Herd management, Life on trail, Education, Red Hill School, Oklahoma, Wages, Arizona grass, Popular cattle breeds, Owners of Double Circle Ranch, Need for handguns, Branding, Rustling, California ranching (1926), California and Arizona weather, Feeding cattle during storm, Rodeos, Breaking horses, Bell Ranch (1926), Marketing cattle, Return to Texas, Matador Ranch, Compared to Double Circle

Tape 1, Side 2: Matador Ranch (continued), Life on trail, Hereford breeding ranches, JA Ranch, J. W. Kent, manager (1916), Memories of Charles Goodnight, Anecdote about meeting news reporter, Size of ranch, Original ranch house, Employees, Fencing country, Organization, Loyalty, Black cowboys, Marriage (1933), Wife's background, Social activities, Ranch dances, Goodnight buffalo, Antelope near Matador, Texas, Problems of prairie dogs, rabbits, and coyotes, Effects of Depression, Effects of World War II, Rainfall and cattle prices (1935-1950), Innovations in cattle industry, Interesting cattle hands, English employees, JA Ranch, Memories of J. Evetts Haley, Cowboy reunions, Present occupation, Illnesses on ranch, Anecdote about eating coyote, Chuck wagon food, J. Evetts Haley, Anecdote about killing game

Range Dates: 1916-1975

Bulk Dates: 1916-1950

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