Brightman, T C Tex 1968-05-16

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T. C. (Tex) Brightman tells of his many experiences as a cowboy, stagecoach driver and oil field hand in both a lively and colorful manner. A realistic overview of frontier conditions is presented.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: T. C. "Tex" Brightman

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Date: May 16, 1968

Location: Crane, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Born in Mansville, Texas: Indian territory, Riding elder, Comanches, Early biography, School at Comanche, Texas, Wages as a driller, wages as a ranch hand, Duties of a ranch hand, Sheep ranching, Lack of companionship, Size of herd, Hazards, Ranch hand, Death of a Mexican, Whipping with chaps, Mr. Shannon's ranch near Ozona, Stories of Mr. Shannon, Shannon ranch: 300 sections, Cattle, sheep and horses, Horse stories, George Thompson, foreman of Head Quarter, Olie Parker, Foreman, Negro sowboy incident, Length of drive, Stampedes, standing guard, Pal Ranch, north of Ozona, Working for Roy Henderson, Cost of a horse, Hard winter, loss of cattle

Tape 1, Side 2: Rodeo rider, Wild horse race description, Bronc riding, Oil field at Breckenridge (1921), Crime, Hijackers, Wages as a blacksmith, Truck driving, Wages as a Gulf employee, Duties with Gulf, Drought (1917), Dr. Powers, Driving mail between Ozona and San Angelo, Driving mail between Ozona and Comstock, Stagecoach driving, Location of stage stands, Passengers, Length of trip, Wages

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