Merchant, Lawrence 1982-02-10

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Lawrence Merchant, a grandson of West Texas pioneer Clabe Merchant, describes ranching and irrigation in the Carlsbad area, along with current issues.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lawrence Merchant

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 10, 1982

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Dudley Cramer, Ranching Heritage Center, Golden Spur Award, To Carlsbad, New Mexico (1902), Irrigation project, Tansill Dam, Flood (1906), Robert Weems Tansell, Javelina hogs, First automobile (1911), Home remedies, Clabe Merchant, grandfather, San Simon Ranch, Price, Longhorn cattle, Comparison with Hereford breed, Calving.

Tape 1, Side 2: Kansas Flint Hill pastures, San Simon Ranch, Wells, Drilling, Pumps, Spacing, Cattle, Shinnery, Sale (1969), Banking, Amarillo National Bank, Ware family, Carlsbad, Population (1902), Citizens’ occupations, Phoenix, New Mexico, Mexican population, Crime, Law enforcement, Cicero Stewart, sheriff, Early agriculture, Grapes, Sugar beets.

Tape 2, Side 1: The San Simon, Photographs discussed, Lige Emerson Merchant, father, L. A. Sweiger, Education, Carlsbad Public School, New Mexico Military Academy, Harvard University, James Ranch, Livingston Ranch, Alkaline water, Fencing, Colonel Gregler, Indian anecdote, Pecos River, Wife, First meeting, Marshall, Texas, Land abstracts, Oil business.

Tape 2, Side 2: Ray Willoughby, Land deals, Religion, New Mexico, Oil and gas, Yates Formation, Bureau of Land Management, Politics, Federal deficit, Carter administration, Reagan administration.

Range Dates: 1902-1982

Bulk Dates: 1902-1982

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