Johnson, James W 1972-07-10

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James W. Johnson, longtime resident of Howard County, discusses area history and recalls the cattle shoot of the Depression era.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: James W. Johnson

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Date: July 10, 1972

Location: Big Spring, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Father went to Oklahoma with the Sooners, Father immigrated from Ireland, Father’s work for the railroad described, Early Howard County sheriff recalled, Railroad workers described, Beginnings of the oil industry in Big Spring, Recalls a hot air well, Attended Texas A & M, Early farming ventures described, Drought of 1917-18 recalled, Experiences with livestock and loco weed, Cattle shoot of the Depression discussed, Droughts recalled.

Tape 1, Side 2: Recalls being caught in a snowstorm, Father once caught in a flood, Operated a service station (1920s), Financial problems of 1930s discussed, Cattle operations described, Cost of cattle leases, Slaughters began selling their ranch land (1930s), Lobo wolves in the area recalled.

Range Dates: 1917-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1917-1930s

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