King, E Guy 1969-08-16

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E. Guy King recalls his early life in Westminster, Texas, talks about his experiences on his Mountain King Ranch, including the drought and Depression years, and discusses early day crimes and criminals in the Midland area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: E. Guy King

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 16, 1969

Location: Midland, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Early background, Born: Greenville, Texas, Responsibility of caring for family after parents died, His work as a builder of Westminster Baptist Academy, Conditions during the recession of 1905, Trading a ranch for his home during the drought, Tells of finding site of an Indian massacre on Castle Gap Mountain, Discusses "nesters" moving into ranch country, Story about settling a debt in a fight, King’s experience in private oil business, Wife’s death in a train wreck, Robbed by his own renters, Robbed on the highway by hitchhikers, First water well on Mountain King Ranch, Hauling water before the well was drilled, Story about trading cattle for useless mules.

Tape 1, Side 2: Describes the settlers, buildings in early Upton County, Discusses ranch briefly, Discussion of criminals and crimes in the Midland area in early days, The 1905 and 1914 droughts and their effects, Sale of Mountain King Ranch, Trouble with sheepherders trespassing on the ranch, Story about King being accused of bribing a jury with a watermelon, Story of how King got sick on chewing tobacco.

Range Dates: 1905-1920

Bulk Dates: 1905-1920

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