Earnest, Mrs Ara 1968-05-00

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Mrs. Earnest reviews her life and that of her family in West Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. Ara Earnest

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Date: May 1968

Location: Odessa, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson



Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical Sketch: Mrs. Ara Earnest, Move to Yoakum County in 1903, Father ranched, Drilled wells, Supplies from Midland or Big Springs, Length of time, Difficulties, Water was good, Ranch Country, Small farm, Mother moved to Lubbock - 1912, Moved across draw, House burned, No concrete, Population, Used to camp on 19th Street, Freighting trips, No thieves, 1904 - hauling from Big Springs, Coal Oil dripped on floor, Slept on ground, Large pastures, Organization of Plains, Texas, Father died of typhoid, First store, Doctor - in Brownfield, First person buried in Plains, Texas, Mules ran away, Married - 1908 - 13th couple married in Plains, Husband - cattle rancher, 1st School house, Teachers, Garage, Popular girl, Distance of driving herds, Coming to Tech in Lubbock, Living in Sudan, Texas, 1908 - Freeze in January, Cattle to roundup, Bought interest in Old Doorkey Ranch, Lived there eight years, Leased ranch at Bledsoe, Depression 1929-30, Moved to Sudan, Husband passed away, Mrs. Earnest reared her two children, Roomers, Ironing, cooking, Moved to Hot Springs, Panhandle, Texas, in 1934, Porter, her son, Education, Bought some land and sold it 1954, $80,000, Manager of Inn at Panhandle, Move to Lubbock, Cattle inspectors, Scab on cattle, 70 sections in New Mexico, Kill of cow for hind section, Move to Odessa - bought home, Grandchildren

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1903-1954

Bulk Dates: 1903-1954

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