Boyd, Hiley Jr 1970-06-02

From SWC Oral History Collection
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hiley Boyd Jr. recalls early ranch personalities and land development in Hockley and Cochran counties. Among other things he deals with the history and liquidation of the Slaughter ranch.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Hiley Boyd, Jr.

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: June 2, 1970

Location: Godley, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Early ownership of Slaughter land in Hockley an Cochran counties reviewed, Discussion of drift fence, Surratt Ranch mentioned, Fount Oxsheer's career recalled and personality characterized, Oxsheer's holdings and operation of the Mallet Ranch, Appearance of first mesquite thicket cited, Drilled water wells on ranch lands, Oxsheer's holdings (continued), Relates Oxsheer's business deals with the Slaughters, Mention of the need to fence and survey

Tape 1, Side 2: Water development examined, Water technology was developed on the ranch, Speculates on overstocking and land and water capacity, Gives reasons for father's leaving employment of C. C. Slaughter, Discussion of 1917 drought, Recollections of working cattle, Cattle diseases and treatment described, Accusations of "mis-management" leveled , Slaughter management condemned

Tape 2, Side 1: Explanations for poor management, Cites examples of poor management, Claims of ecological changes in the land, Progress in cattle breeding described, Problems created from ecological and management changes, Development of cattle feed, Cotton seed cake described, Further explanations for poor management, "Loco" cattle described, Notes dissatisfaction with the Slaughter family, Process of ranch liquidation related, Attitude toward George Slaughter expressed

Tape 2, Side 2: Process of ranch liquidation (continued), Lone Star Land Company discussed, States effect of Depression and drought on farmers, Morton Smith's promotion characterized, Land development resulted in controversy, Anecdotes concerning Morton Smith, "Small ranchers" recalled

Range Dates:

Bulk Dates:

Access Information

Original Recording Format:

Recording Format Notes:


Thank you for your interest in this oral history interview. Our oral history collection is available to patrons in the Southwest Collection's Reading Room, located on the campus of Texas Tech University. For reading room hours, visit our website. Please contact Reference Staff at least one week prior to your visit to ensure the oral history you are interested in will be available. Due to copyright issues, duplications of our oral histories can only be made for family members. If an oral history transcript has been made available online, the link will be provided on this page. More information on accessing our oral histories is located here. Preferred citation style can be found here.