Bruce, Lloyd 1976-11-26

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Lloyd Bruce recalls the oil boom in Ranger, Texas, and some of the changes that came about from it.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lloyd Bruce

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Date: November 26, 1976

Location: Cisco, Texas

Interviewer: Richie Cravens

Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born, Lacasa Community, Texas, Father, Stock farmer, Ranger, Texas (1907), Father died (1913), Grandfather to Ranger (1885), Originally from Tennessee, Mother, Born in Iowa, To Kansas, Married (1891), Education, Mrs. Dutch Irving, Ranger, Texas, Struck oil (1917), Before boom, Cooper College (Sterling College), Employment, Ranger during boom, Schools, Employment

Tape 1, Side 2: Cotton gins, Ranger banks (1920s), Oil boom, Regulations, Drilling in city limits, Oil boom in Desdemona, Texas, Drilling on his ranch, Leases, Caddo Valley, Older people leaving, Ranger fire, Railroad changes

Tape 2, Side 1: Corruption in Ranger, Texas, Oil boom, Bootlegging, Oil boom aftermath, Inflation, Population decline, Oil boom spread, East Texas, Midland-Odessa, Texas

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1885-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1885-1930s

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