Boyd, Hiley Jr 1969-05-19

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Hiley Boyd gives detailed biographies of his father (Hiley Sr.) and mother. Included is detailed information concerning ranch life, cattle drives and the Slaughter ranch. Among other things, he relates his father’s life after leaving the Slaughters and his financial dealing.

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Interviewee Name: Hiley Boyd, Jr.

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Date: May 19, 1969

Location: Godley, Texas

Interviewer: David B. Gracy II

Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Father's biography, Moved to Texas, Start in cattle business, Brands, Attitude toward farming, First herd, Second herd, Marriage of Uncle, Cost of land, Land purchase, Uncle's (Oscar) home - Lubbock, County Treasurer Campaign, Uncle - County Commissioner position, Political sympathies, Move to Albany, Move to Colorado City, Ranch work, Runaway Negro, Food supply, Employers, LFD Ranch - pasture, Roundup, Negro cowboys, Duties, C."Hop" Baker - calf roper, Herding of cattle, Assigning duties, Ranch boundaries, Mr. Phelps-White, Father's education

Tape 1, Side 2: Cattle drive incident, Cattle shipping points, Techniques in driving cattle , Shifts, Standing guard, Grazing, Cattle care - ordering, Social activities, Cooperating with the railroad, Father's biography, Employers (Oxsheer and Hewlen), Jobs, Early roads, Oxsheer land purchase, Surveying lands, C. C. Slaughter, Buying out Oxsheer, Diary, Mother's biography, First teachers - Cochran County, Education, Influenza epidemic, Medical situation, Women's duties, Mother's accomplishments

Tape 2, Side 1: Slaughter Ranch, Father's duties, Foreman, Fencing, Temporary headquarters, Foreman responsibilities, Gates, Wells, Conservation, Father's temperament, Father's ability, Quitting Slaughter Ranch, Cow thieves, Cattle Raisers Association, Establishment, Attitude toward neighbors, Aid to Littlefield, Slaughter foresight, Crossbreeding, Slaughter wealth

Tape 2, Side 2: Bar incident, Leaving Slaughters, Herd size 1811, Credit rating, Cattle purchase, First argument with Slaughters, Dipping cattle , Yellow House section - sale, Failure of sale, Father's financial situation, Land purchases and sales, Oil discovery, Excess land incident, Father's death

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