Davis, J L 1969-01-29

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J. L. Davis discusses his life as a cowboy in West Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J. L. "Bill" Davis

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Date: January 29, 1969

Location: Ralls, Texas

Interviewer: John Abshire

Length: 2 hours, 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information, Moving to West Texas, Early Lubbock, Population, Ranch work, LFD Ranch, Names - attitude toward, Attitude toward settlers, Hiring cowboys, Cowboy fraternization, Ranch duties, Windmills - size, Cattle drives, Sidearms, Food, Line camps, Blizzard incident, Camp life, Nesters, Cattle diseases, Range wars, Fencing, Mule driving, Merchandise hauled

Tape 1, Side 2: Rustling, New Mexico ranching

Tape 2, Side 1: Worked for Swensons when they owned Spur Ranch, Describes barn and granary, Issuance of grain to men, Description of nose bag for horses, Further discussion of buildings and fences, History of Spur Ranch land

Tape 2, Side 2: Tells of shortage of horses and effect on employment, Recalls incidents involving horses, Swenson family named and briefly described, Discusses problems in hiring cowboys today

Tape 3, Side 1: Description of buildings of Long S Ranch, Being sent to get some cattle from another ranch, Description of downstairs of dugout, Explanation of stove used, Tells of horse that stayed with mules

Tape 3, Side 2: Lobo Lake mentioned, Dugout interior further discussed, House exterior described, Changes in dugout discussed

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