Milburn, Bessie Mae Sides 1975-01-22

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Mrs. Milburn tells stories of her childhood and life on the Sellers Ranch near Abilene. She also describes her father’s competition in the confectionery business in Abilene.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bessie Mae Sides Milburn

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 22, 1975

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background examined, Describes father’s confectionery and bakery in Abilene, Names family, Returns to discussion of father’s business, Some items remembered and described, Remembers circus coming to Abilene, Father was injured and had to give up business, Friends named, Education outlined, Parramore Sellers, first husband, discussed, Children named, Living on the Sellers’ ranch, Killing rattlesnakes, House described.

Tape 1, Side 2: Discussion of ranch house continued, Social life on ranch described, Description of husband’s nightmare, Divorced from Sellers in 1933, Worked for West Texas Utilities until marriage to Wallace Milburn in 1956, Remembers cooking on wood stove, Aneceote of pet goat and mean turkey, Four Sixes (6666) ranch house described, Father’s invention of Eskimo Pie.

Tape 2, Side 1: Other confectionery owner described, Families were friendly to each other, Mother helped nurse their sick daughter through a flu epidemic.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: Early 1900s-1956

Bulk Dates: Early 1900s-1956

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