Perry, Meda Damron 1970-03-30

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Mrs. Perry, wife of an Oklahoma rancher, recalls various aspects of their lives on the homestead near Cheyenne, Oklahoma.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Meda Damron Perry

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: March 30, 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Charles Somervill and Winona Forbes

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: July 4, 1892, in Celeste, Texas, Birthdays celebrated on July 4th, Homesteading in Oklahoma, near Cheyenne, Land, crops and cattle described, Work done by women on homestead, Law and punishment on the frontier, Hoboes mentioned, Whippings as punishment for crimes, Recalls railroads that passed the Perry home, Train ride from Celeste to Elk City described, Experience of nine people living in a one-room house, Mr. Perry’s work as a Methodist circuit rider, Explains custom of living with husband’s parents after marriage, Average family sizes in Mrs. Perry’s youth, Recalls births on the frontier, Doctors, medicines and treatments.

Tape 1, Side 2: Drinking and stills, Mrs. Perry’s education, Recalls gambling on the frontier, Use of coal oil lamps, Curing bacon, Making soap, Butchering hogs and calves, Storing and smoking meat, Cooperation of local farmers, Relations between farmers and ranchers explored, Discusses courtship by Mr. Perry, Church prayer meetings served as social gatherings.

Range Dates: 1892-Early 1900s

Bulk Dates: 1892-Early 1900s

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