Jones, Dudley B 1969-10-19

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Dudley Jones reviews his experiences as a settler in Greer County, Oklahoma, and in Vernon, Texas; the boomtown of Granite, Oklahoma; and the Blalock Mexico Colony.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dudley B. Jones

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 19, 1969

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: J. M. Skaggs

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Dudley B. Jones, Born in Tennessee and raised on Texas and Oklahoma frontier, Present home in San Antonio, Family background, Ancestors came to Georgia around 1730, Discusses his father’s and mother’s backgrounds and families, Vernon, Texas home, Drying and milling corn, Story about his father trading a mare for land (1897), Building a box house in Greer County, Oklahoma, Story about watching the Spanish-American War volunteers leave on a train from Vernon, Story about Comanche Indians who came to trade at Vernon, Story about his father cutting tops of fence posts off for kindling, Stealing firewood from the Indian reservation, Granite, Oklahoma (boomtown), Story about finding a burned wagon and two skeletons, Story about neighbors taking over farm work when his father was sick, Weekly discussions among townspeople on open ranges and barbed wire fences, Story about nearly being caught in cave by rising water, Blalock-Mexico Colony in Tampico, Mexico area, Organization by Blalock, a Texas law enforcement officer, Immigrant train brought settlers (1902), Means of dividing land among settlers by lottery,

Tape 1, Side 2: Jones’ education, Story about a bottle of whiskey found after a tornado with sand in it, and the cork and whiskey still in it, Tells of how his father escaped Mexico as a refugee from the revolution, on the navy vessel Collier Cyclops in 1913, Confiscation of land and property of Blalock- Mexican Colony, Story about outlaws who stayed all night with the Joneses, Route of the trains taking settlers to Blalock Colony, Mr. Jones’ wife’s relation to Cynthia Ann Parker

Range Dates: 1730-1913

Bulk Dates: 1897-1913

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