Conastser, Mr and Mrs Ron

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The Conatsers discuss their lives on the Matador Ranch and his work as a cowboy on that ranch.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Ron Conastser

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Interviewer: Charles Townsend

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information, education received, Life on the Matador Ranch described, Ron's work on the Matador discussed, Types of work performed on the ranch, Working cattle described, Explains branding procedure, Problems of screwworms and treatment used

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Description of a camp on the Matador, Types of food served to the cowboys, Schedule followed for working the ranch, Explains necessity for knowledge of cattle habits, Additional information on type of food served, Cowboys came to town on Saturday, Entertainment described, Recalls flooding of South Pease River in 1957, Experiences in crossing the river

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Jo describes her childhood on the Matador, Recalls wages paid her father, Practice of buying groceries once a month, Jo discusses her father's work on the Matador, Fall roundup of yearlings described, Recounts wildness of the cattle, Problem of fighting among the bulls

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Tape 4, Side 1: Lists chain of command on the Matador Ranch, John Stevens, manager, mentioned, Process of shipping and selling Matador Cattle, Celebrations on the Matador described, Old Settlers Reunion, Use of horses on the Matador, Type of rope used by the cowboys, Recalls wages paid the cowboys, Breakup of the Matador Ranch explained, Describes water cistern on the Matador, Courtship and early marriage of the Conatsers recalled, Honeymooned in a Matador bunkhouse, Reasons for move to Waggoner Ranch, Speculates on number of employees on the Matador

Tape 4, Side 2: Blank

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