Graves, Dogie 1985-09-23

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Dogie Graves discusses his life in the West Texas ranching business.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dogie Graves

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Date: September 23, 1985

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born: King County, Texas (1898), Health problems as an infant, Parents, Sam Lawson Graves father, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Blackshire Graves mother, Genealogy, Father’s cowboy work, Colonel Samuel Burk Burnett, Ranching, 6666 Ranch, Father (again), Cowboy work (again), Ranch purchase in "Little Arizona" (King County), Childhood memories, Chores, Cow-calf operation, Breeds raised, Marketing, Ranching, Cattle shipping, West Texas rail heads, Trucking, Pasture land, Cattle buyers.

Tape 1, Side 2: Livestock auctions, Employment early years, Ranch work, Raldo Newman, Law clerk/secretary, Bank work, Auto sales, Oil field, Mexia oil field, Columbus Ohio, Return to West Texas (1925), Depression, King County Texas, Water availability, Cisterns, Hauling water, Windmills, Growing feed, Cattle losses due to weather, Water (again), Quality, Guthrie Texas, Range conditions, Types of grasses, Cutting and stacking hay.

Tape 2, Side 1: Anecdote: trip to Seymour for cotton seed, Weather and its effect on ranching, Winters, Drought (1980s), Anecdote: cattle dying from lack of roughage, Fence building, Ranch labor, Bootlegging, Stills, Stonewall County, West Texas ranches, Pitchfork Ranch, Year-round crew, Chuck wagon, Ranch management style, Changes, Working on horseback, Problems, Clifford B. Jones, Connection with Swenson Ranch.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1898-1985

Bulk Dates: 1904-1950

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