Harris, H L 1973-08-14

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H. L. Harris, a longtime cowboy, describes early ranching as he and his father experienced it.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: H. L. "Butch" Harris

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Date: August 14, 1973

Location: Willcox, Arizona

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Talks about riding experiences, Background given, Comments on his father’s career as a cowboy in Montana, Father moved between Texas and Oklahoma, Recounts troubles in Oklahoma, Moved to West Texas, Childhood recalled, Remembers Indians in Oklahoma, Parents’ backgrounds reviewed, Discusses ranching experiences in Texas.

Tape 1, Side 2: Continues father’s activities in the steer business, Breeds of cattle listed, Tells about father’s experiences with outlaws, Ranches in Texas named, Accounts for father’s businesses, Entered ranching, Was in rodeos, Some accidents described.

Tape 2, Side 1: Talks about his experience working with wagons, Herds that caused trouble remembered, Comments on horses, Depression discussed.

Tape 2, Side 2: Discussion on the Depression (continued), Slaughter of herds recalled, Accident related, Tells about other jobs, Predator problem described, Relates experience in delivering ice.

Tape 3, Side 1: Discussion on delivering ice (continued), Other jobs summarized, Summarizes life, Humorous anecdotes told.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1890s-1973

Bulk Dates: 1930s-1973

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