Conger, Joe 1970-08-03

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Joe Conger, Sterling County sheep rancher and oil field worker, discusses his career as a "bronc buster," cowboy and sheep-raiser, in addition to oil activity in the McCamey area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Joe Conger

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Date: August 3, 1970

Location: McCamey, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Discussion of scabs in sheep, Advantages of raising sheep cited, Work with C. C. Slaughter Ranch cited, Mentions the techniques of breaking horses, Tells anecdote concerning purchase of a new horse, other anecdotes on breaking horses related, Techniques of working cattle reviewed

Tape 1, Side 2: Recollections of working cattle, Family discussed, Early schooling received in Sterling City and Sterling County, Memories of a deaf and dumb cowboy, Recalls drought and blizzard in 1917, Skinned stock which had died as a result of the blizzard, Mexican sheep herder remembered, Explains conflict between cattle and sheep interests, Techniques of sheep ranching discussed, Compares shearing cost and practices, past and present, Comments on wool marketing problems

Tape 2, Side 1: Worked with area oil interests, Recalls managing a sheep ranch, Describes trapping eagles and coyotes, Attitude toward local politics and community relations expressed, Details of accident recalled, Recollections of area sheep-raisers

Tape 2, Side 2: Lists poisonous weeds, Tells anecdote concerning purchase of sheep and discovery of treatment of sheep disease, Rodeo experience recalled, Relates oil field experiences, Law enforcement anecdote remembered, Explanation of oil company practices

Range Dates: 1917-1970

Bulk Dates: 1917-1970

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