Holland, Clay 1970-09-01

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Clay Holland remembers his grandparents’ accounts of Texas frontier experiences and its early settlement. Land titles, cattle and goat raising, and agricultural pursuits are discussed, along with a tracing of family history.

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Interviewee Name: Clay Holland

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Date: September 1, 1970

Location: Menard, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background reviewed, Purchased land on Copperas Creek headwaters near Junction, Fort McKavett soldiers recalled, Anecdote concerning Indian raid, Mentions elementary education, Description of Fort McKavett given, Hog hunt described, Freighted from Mexico during the Civil War, Cites terms for purchase of land, Colonel Charles Black’s family recalled, Describes functioning of early-day irrigated farm, Cottonseed used for cattle feeding, Ranch management explained, Lists types of cattle.

Tape 1, Side 2: Depression conditions were poor, Worked at dipping vats, Shooting cattle was government policy, Raised goats, Examines procedures used in trapping predatory animals, Selling pelts remembered, Marriage and family reviewed, Occupations varied from ministry and teaching, Comments on children’s management of inheritance and father’s retirement.

Range Dates: 1860s-1970

Bulk Dates: 1860s-1930s

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