Lee, Orville 1975-12-09

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Orville Lee, amateur geologist, recalls the early days of Del Rio and his work with the goat, sheep and cattle ranching industries.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Orville Lee

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: December 09, 1975

Location: Del Rio, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family history, Genealogy, Education in and around Mountain View, Oklahoma, Move to Carter Valley, Texas (1914), Early life described, Father’s occupation, Work on ranches, Raising Angora goats, Shearing, Marketing, Employers, Lease of own ranch, Marriage to Thula Bush, Parents, John and Mary Potter, Move to Del Rio, Texas (1935), Employment, Highway Department, Experience with cattle shoot program, Experience with stock commission, Work as a cattle buyer, Area ranchers, Area customers, Early area merchant, Roach McClymont, Anecdote about first purchase, Memories of Dr. Brinkley, Business records, Children.

Tape 1, Side 2: Children (continued), Experience as amateur geologist, Lease of land near Pecos, Texas, Depth of wells, Knowledge of formations, Search for gemstones, Topaz, Garnets, Van Horn, Texas, Crystal collection, Fossils, Pictures of goat shed, Topaz, Other minerals collected, Antique bottles, Agate near Marfa, Texas, Uses of onyx, Rain opals from Mexico, Finding gold in Mexico, Finding silver in Colorado, Finding silver in Honeycut home, Meteor found near Del Rio, Texas, Odessa meteorite, Friendship with Mr. Honeycut, Collecting Clovis points, Dated by Smithsonian Institution, Geodes, Roadrunners, Fossil donated to Texas Tech University.

Range Dates: 1914-1975

Bulk Dates: 1914-1940

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