Boyd, Hiley Jr 1972-05-13

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Hiley T. Boyd Jr., whose parents once resided in the Slaughter two-story dugout, discusses the structure’s past and present history. The dugout is now part of the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.

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Interviewee Name: Hiley T. Boyd, Jr.

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Date: May 13, 1972

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah and Duncan Muckelroy

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Original heating in the Slaughter dugout described, Recalls mother's fumigation of the dugout, Seventh grade tours of the Ranch Headquarters praised, Procedure of digging out of the dugout for removal to Lubbock, Original walls of the dugout discussed, Parents lived in the dugout during part of early marriage, Cowboys stayed there in bad weather, Entertainment usually consisted of card games, Furnishings in the dugout described, Methods of conserving space in the dugout, Obtaining lumber a problem, Previous residents of the dugout named, Upper portion probably added later, Quality of lumber a factor in determining when addition was made, Describes preserving beef in dugouts, Teaching today's children about ranch, Dugout built because of need to conserve materials, Slaughter's plan to move a building form Long S Ranch to camp at Zavala revealed, Lists buildings on other camps

Tape 1, Side 2: Barrett Penny characterized, Recalls sale of ranch from Oxsheer to Slaughter, Construction of dugout begun in 1900, Story of mock gunfight between Barrett Penny and Boyd's father, Doc Jenkins, veterinarian-herdsman for Col. Slaughter, mentioned, Relates Col. Slaughter's purchase of $5,000 International Grand Champion bull, A. J. "Uncle Jack" Wheeler lived in dugout, Windmills on the Slaughter ranch discussed, Principles of operation explained, Names windmill men, Thoughts on future importance of the Ranch Headquarters, Described picket and sotol house

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