Lane, Louis D and Ruby Lathem Koontz 1968

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Louis Lane lists the Brown County officials, beginning in 1884, making general laudatory comments, sometimes with a pertinent incident. Mrs. Koontz relates the history of the Old Gray Mare Band, its travels, and her part in sponsoring it.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Louis D. Lane and Ruby Lathem Koontz

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 12 and 26, 1968

Location: Brownwood, Texas

Interviewer: Fred A. Carpenter (?)

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Louis Lane: Brown County officials, Judge Cliburn (1884), Overland Stage Depot, Sheriff W. E. M. Adams, Judge R. P. Conner and fist fight, Sheriff Nat Perry, Judge Charles Reagan, Sheriff Charles Bell, Yarborough killing, Sheriff George Benton (?), Death, Sheriff M. H. Denman, Bill Taylor escape, Judge A. M. Brumfield, Son’s shooting, Sheriff Frank Emerson, Judge Frank Sweet, New court house, Judge Courtney Gray, Listing of remaining sheriffs and judges, Ruby Latham Koontz: Autobiographical material, Parents’ biography, Old Gray Mare Band, Renaming, Director, Listing of early members, Concert location.

Tape 1, Side 2: Personal involvement (1923), Reason for name, West Texas Chamber of Commerce Convention (1923), Number of bands, State American Legion Convention (1923), Band Uniform, San Francisco trip, Number of railcars, Stop, Fort Worth Jail incident, Band reunion (1954), Death of Old Gray Mare, Mare’s ears, Football sponsorship.

Range Dates: 1884-1954

Bulk Dates: 1884-1923

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