Finch, Mr and Mrs O H 1969-10-00

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The Finches talk about the Finch-Lord-Nelson cattle shippers, Finch Brothers Cattle Company, Finch Brothers Ranch, XIT Ranch, and early Dalhart, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Finch

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Date: October 1969; June 23, 1971

Location: Dalhart, Texas

Interviewer: Fred A. Carpenter (The interviewer in tape two is David Nail)

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background in England and America, Family moved to Burlingame, Kansas, Orville Henry Finch's story about his name, Discusses Finch-Lord-Nelson cattle shippers and their business with Charles Goodnight, March, 1890, father moved to Memphis, Texas, Discusses Finch-Lord-Nelson's white-faced Hereford business, 1880s, O. H. Finch experiences on cattle drives, Lubbock at time of drives, Story about cattle stampede caused by a cigarette, Finch Brothers cattle company, 1905-ca. 1950, Discusses his book A Family Named Finch, O. H. Finch's schooling in Kansas and Texas , Depression, Leasing home, 1934 government cattle shooting, Feeding cattle on leased land, Offering to sell ranch land, Mr. Coon (?) philanthropist, XIT Ranch, Closing in 1913, Capital syndicate, Building Capitol at Austin, Fences, Finch Ranch, Acreage

Tape 1, Side 2: Contrasts past and present ranching methods, Number of cattle and men, Transportation and communication, Windmills and water, Ranch value, Sale of Finch Ranch, Early Dalhart, Texas, Swarenson (?) groceries, Finch Brothers Bank, Story about Mr. Finch being joked by the grocer, Banks, Story about meeting Theodore Roosevelt's nephew, Almon B. Strowger's dial telephone system invention, Story of why he developed it, Sale of system, O. H. Finch's diaries, Strowger family, James Naismith - originator of basketball

Tape 2, Side 1: Present land holdings reviewed, Discussion of Depression of the 1930s, Ranching operations explained, Dust storms described, Ranch operations discussed further, Feeding the cattle, Cattle shoot recalled, Mrs. Finch sold produce for extra money, Drought and new farming methods mentioned, Biographical information on Mrs. Finch given

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1880-1969

Bulk Dates: 1880-1969

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