Jackson, Mrs J W 1953-10

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Mrs. Jackson draws on family stories to describe early South Plains settlers’ attitude toward deviant behavior and the law. Lyndon B. Johnson speaks in a brief fragment at the end.

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Interviewee Name: Mrs. J. W. Jackson

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Date: October 1953

Location: Lubbock, Texas


Length: 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Observes that law enforcement in early days was individualistic, Spirit of law depended on law enforcement personnel, Outlines government structure on Texas plains, Sheriff was the law but with little formal training, Relates story of early Lubbock County sheriff, Hiley Boyd mentioned, Discusses lifestyle honesty and tolerance of pioneers, Tom Ross mentioned, Friendliness hospitality highly valued, XIT Ranch inhospitality resented, Tom Ivy mentioned, Fighting was sanctioned, Points to women’s isolation, Drinking gambling not moral issues, Quaker women and Lubbock saloon, Cowboys’ hard, dangerous life noted, Terry County sheriff of 1904 quoted, Western culture compared with jury service, witnessing, Idolization of women discussed, Beal Sneed case six killings, used as example, Women’s jury service noted, Lubbock town government (1909), Frank Wheelock mentioned, Earliest ordinance was 9:00 p. m. curfew, Urbanization and growth changed mores, Fragment of Senator Lyndon Johnson speaking on economy.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1890s-1953

Bulk Dates: 1890s-1909

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