Harkey, Otis 1969-08-07

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Otis Harkey, son of early San Saba County resident Jack Harkey, discusses vigilante justice and the history of San Saba County in the late 19th century.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Otis Harkey

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Date: August 7, 1969

Location: Harkeyville, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Horse racing, Tom Harkey, Frank Sanders, Jack Harkey, Cotton crops in San Saba County, Racism vs. black farm workers, Tom Harkey (again), Incident, shooting at a white mob, Country store, Vigilante justice in San Saba County, Ranching in San Saba County, Fencing of land in San Saba County, Fence cutters, Jack Harkey’s response to fence cutters, Ace Brown, Description and judgement of Dud Barker, Hanging of Ace brown, [inaudible/static], Unidentified interviewee discusses why Ace Brown was hanged, Origins of mob rule in San Saba County, Similarity to the Ku Klux Klan, David K. Renfro family, Elsa Renfro, Joseph Renfro, Willie Renfro, Arthur Renfro, Mrs. E. B. Hendley, Ida (Mrs. Bob) Mason, Mrs. August Osborne, Mrs. Luny, Description of Renfro homestead, Move to Brownwood (1888), Establish drug store, Mrs. Otis Harkey discusses Renfro family, Discussion of Brown family, Incident Jack Harkey’s encounter with a mob, Mr. Sellers, "Regulators", Incident, exile of man who talked too much, Ace Brown (again), Horse racing, Tom Monk.

Tape 1, Side 2: Ace Brown (continued), Tom Monk, Duties as a horse jockey, Horse racing, Incident, forfeiture of a horse race, Incident, John Terry’s mare, [Inaudible/static], Horse racing (again), Anecdote: loan of $50 dollars, Generosity of Grandpa Harkey, Cattle raising, Riding cattle, Discussion of assorted family photographs, Roundtable discussion (very difficult to follow topic being discussed).

Range Dates: 1880-1900

Bulk Dates: 1880-1900

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