Dirickson, Melvin 1972-06-07

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Melvin Dirickson, former Matador cowboy, describes his experiences on the ranch and recalls certain of the Matador managers whom he met.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Melvin Dirickson

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Date: June 7, 1972

Location: Matador, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 35 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background information, Move to Texas from OKlahoma, 1914, Employed at Matador Ranch in 1917, Gives description of jobs held, Duties outlined, Anecdote about camp man, Describes pulling cows out of a bog, Last saw Murdo Mackenzie 1923 or 1924, Cattle losses explained to Mr. Mackenzie, Recalls Matador rules and ways of handling disputes, Wagon bosses served as judges, Tells of cattle rustling incident, Describes changes in rnaching since 1917, Life on the ranch characterized, Expresses positive feelings for foreign ownership of ranch, Dissatisfied with low wages at the Matador, Explains use of tepee for range sleeping, Agrees with most Matador policies toward cowboys, Discusses relations between the Matador and town people, Local attitudes over sale of ranch explained

Tape 1, Side 2: Compares John and murdo Mackenzie as ranch managers, Matador Reunion discussed, Recalls visits by Billy Mackay to the ranch

Range Dates: 1914-1972

Bulk Dates: 1914-1972

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