Patterson, Paul 1968, 1969, 1973, 1975
Tape 1: Paul Patterson reads an address concerning Route 385 and historical information connected with it. Tape 2: He describes some criminal incidents in West Texas. The first 10 to 15 minutes are unintelligible. Tapes 3 and 4: Patterson reads a Rankin family history written by J. P. Rankin and some personal reminiscences of Martha Ezell and then recalls various events in his own life, particularly his experiences during the Depression and his work for a Fort Worth radio station. He also reads excerpts from his radio programs. Tape 5: He reads two papers presented at the Texas Folklore Society in Dallas entitled "Converting Fact to Folklore and Vice Versa" and "The Non-Texan’s Typical Texan." Tape 6: Patterson reads from rejected chapters of his book, Crazy Women in the Rafters. Tape 7: He discusses his work for the Southwest Collection with David Murrah in a telephone conversation.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: Paul Patterson
Additional Parties Recorded: None
Date: Summer 1968, c. 1969, September 12, 1973; March 15, 1975
Location: Crane and Sierra Blanca, Texas
Interviewer: David Murrah (Tape 7)
Length: 5 hours 50 minutes
Tape 1, Side 1: Address,
History of Route 385,
History of Spanish explorers,
Establishment of Crane, Texas,
Anecdote about a man from Odessa,
Indians’ water wells,
Need for historical markers along Route 385.
Tape 1, Side 2: Blank
Tape 2, Side 1: Shooting incidents,
Story of ranch hand trying to kill Nick Rogers,
Killing near Iraan, Texas,
False arrest of a man named Holmes,
George Holmes and Pancho Villa.
Tape 2, Side 2: Blank
Tape 3, Side 1: Rankin family background,
Owned land in Tennessee,
Anecdote about David Rankin burying his Confederate money,
F. E. Rankin established cattle ranch in Upton and Tom Green counties, Texas,
Donated land for Rankin, Texas townsite,
Mrs. F. E. Rankin characterized,
Opened insurance agency in 1916,
Fought moving of county seat to McCamey,
Died in 1953,
Reminiscences of Martha Ezell of Stamford, Texas,
Played organ at winter sing-songs,
Anecdote about nearly falling into a river while crossing in a wagon,
Depression experiences of Paul Patterson,
Worked as a cowboy,
Recalls horse and custom-made boots,
Brother was never out of a job,
Recalls giving cowboys’ food to people hitching rides on trains going west,
Anecdote about losing a week’s pay,
Describes working on a ranch,
Attended Sul Ross State University,
Worked his way through at odd jobs,
Recalls hitchhiking from Colorado to Rankin with $3.00.
Tape 3, Side 2: Taught school at Marfa, Texas,
Radio career discussed,
Announced hillbilly records in Fort Worth,
Recalls riding a truck to Abilene and unloading 10,000 broom handles,
Anecdote about hitchhiking to Murchison and exchanging stories for food and a bed,
Worked at KFJZ in Fort Worth,
Reads radio manuscript from programs he did in 1937-38, "Odd Views on Odd News," under the name of Marlin Spike McGuire.
Tape 4, Side 1: Continues reading excerpts from his radio programs.
Tape 4, Side 2: Continues reading excerpts from his radio programs.
Tape 5, Side 1: Introduction to paper,
Attitude toward interdependence of history, journalism and folklore explained,
Anecdote on conversion of fact into folklore—relates to boots of Jesse James,
Introduction to a second paper,
"Texas Jack" in a French restaurant described.
Tape 5, Side 2: Ghost stories, poems from Patterson’s 5th grade students.
Tape 6, Side 1: Reads rejected chapters from book,
Recalls distasteful tasks,
Oil boom in Rankin noted.
Tape 6, Side 2: Continues to read chapters,
Social problems and truck discussed,
Accounts for social experiences,
Comments on mechanical age,
Describes Rankin after oil was discovered.
Tape 7, Side 1: March 15, 1975 Teaching career mentioned,
Autobiographical data presented,
Father was a cowboy,
Interest in folklore began as a child,
Names interesting people he has known,
Qualifies himself as an interviewer,
Tells what makes an interesting interview,
Describes value of oral history project,
Martin Castillo recalled,
One person died while being interviewed,
Lists schools where he has taught,
Stationed in Africa while in the Army,
Began writing there,
Tells about new book Crazy Women in the Rafters,
Relates story behind title,
Family moved 36 times in a covered wagon,
Mutual acquaintances discussed,
Story about C. C. Slaughter.
Tape 7, Side 2: Blank
Range Dates: 1900-1975
Bulk Dates: 1916-1975
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