Bruce, Lloyd E 1981-01-15

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Lloyd E. Bruce discusses his life in Ranger, Texas, during the oil boom days and the history of that area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lloyd E. Bruce

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Date: January 15, 1981

Location: Eastland, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born (January 28, 1898), Phillip J. Bruce, father, Jannie Atherton, mother, Family history, Ranger, Texas, Name origin, Hagerman family, Water supply, Crops, Cotton, Gins, Oil discovery, Unions, Featherbedding, Transportation, Drought, Walter Prescott Webb, Ranger, Texas, Businesses (pre-oil boom), Ranger Mercantile, John and Charlie Goldstein, Texas Pacific Oil Company, Frank Champian, driller, Hotels, Depot, Nanny Walker

Tape 1, Side 2: Ranger, Texas, Nanny Walker, J. H. McClesky, Wells, Drilling, Grocery business, Trucking, Swampers, Streets, Mud, Population (1919), Shorty Woods, Crime, Ku Klux Klan, Prices, Insurance business, Peanuts, Meat packing, Ranger Furniture Exchange, Fire, Second Baptist Church, Former Texas Pacific office, Oil camps

Tape 2, Side 1: Jake Hamon, Lonnie Flewellen, city judge, McClesky well, Anecdotes, Desdemona, Texas, Name origin, Car theft, Ranger, Texas, Railroads, Schools, Societal changes

Tape 2, Side 2: Anecdotes, Religion

Range Dates: 1898-1981

Bulk Dates: 1898-1981

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