Boyd, Hiley Jr 1992-05-22

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Hiley Boyd Jr. discusses his personal knowledge of the history of the Mallet Ranch.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Hiley T. Boyd, Jr.

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Date: May 22, 1992


Interviewer: David Murrah and Lauren Liljistrand

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Mallet buildings, Discussion of number on ranch, Description, Headquarters, Ranch house, Additional structures, Windmills, Necessity to ranch, Number of windmills, Earliest windmill, Ranch people, Earliest people on ranch, D. M. DeVitt, Physical characteristics, Personality, Foreman, Pat Ross, pre-1921, George Green, Background and family history, Florence DeVitt, Summer visit to ranch, David DeVitt Jr. (again), Management of ranch, Death, Discussion of events surrounding death, Great Depression, Christine and Helen DeVitt, Personalities, Experiences at ranch, Helen marries Tom Jones, Christine's eccentricities

Tape 1, Side 2: Boyd's father, Visit to Mallet Ranch, 1897, Christine DeVitt (again), Discussion of her friends, Eccentricities (again), Ranch managers, Tom Jones, 1940s, Meeting and marrying, Helen DeVitt, Background, Other managers, W. D. Johnson, Mallet Land and Cattle Company, Cattle (again), Dealings with William Randolph Hearst, 1940s, W. D. Johnson (again), Purchase of XIT lands, Ranch employees, Father's employment on ranch, 1897, Boyd Brothers' Ranch, Financing, W. D. Johnson (again), Business practices, Land purchases, Loans issued

Tape 2, Side 1: Boyd, H. T. and father leased, Johnson ranch, Dec. 1940, Division of ranch by Johnson, W. D., Hashknive family arrived and opened store, Leasing cattle to Boyds, William Randolph Hearst cattle from Mexico, Background on Hearst's ranch, Rocking Horse Ranch, W. D. Johnson (again), Carrying credit for neighbors, Good businessman, Raising cattle instead of sheep, Moving to Bovina, Texas, Shipping point, Buying land from XIT Ranch, Made fortune off this land, Move to Kansas City, Owned Block Ranch in New Mexico, Boyd, H. T., father, Counting cattle for C. C. Slaughter, Shipping out of Bovina, Met Mr. Johnson, Mr. Johnson buying into Mallet Ranch, Boyd brothers borrowing money from Johnson, Plato, Slaughter, Midland County fence cutting episode, Johnson borrowing money in England, Interest rates, Buying land and doubling money, Others who bought land, Borrowing money from Johnson, W. D. (Boyd Brothers), 1917 drought, Johnson advised to buy land, Johnson, W. D. asked for "good loans", Muleshoe Ranch, (Jerry Clayton's father)

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1880-1950

Bulk Dates: 1920-1950

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