Ranching Heritage Center Dedication 1976-07-02

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Tape 1 is of a radio program on the formal dedication ceremony of the David M. DeVitt and Mallet Ranch Building and the opening of the Ranching Heritage Center. Tape 2, side 1 is a series of short radio spots, entitled "Viewpoints," recorded prior to the formal dedication ceremony of the RHC. Tape 2, side 2 is a series of short interviews with various people concerning different aspects of the RHC.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ranching Heritage Center Dedication

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 02, 1976

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: KEND radio

Length: 1 hour 35 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Introduction of Mr. D. Burns, Description of Longhorn Trail Drive, Dale Robertson [speaker], Narrative about the Chisholm Trail, Introduction of Charlie Scruggs, Mr. Scruggs [speaker], Opening address, Introduction of visiting dignitaries, Introduction of Trail Drive participants, Ranching Heritage Center Committee, Introduction of Committee founders, Introduction of Mrs. Lyndon B. (Lady Bird) Johnson, Mrs. Johnson [speaker], Texas heritage, characteristics and values, Local rangeland, Preservation of the past, Excerpt from a speech by Lyndon B. Johnson, General comments, Introduction of Representative George H. Mahon, Mr. Mahon [speaker], Mrs. Johnson, Singing of "America the Beautiful".

Tape 1, Side 2: Introduction of Dr. Grover E. Murray, Dr. Murray [speaker], Formal dedication of the David M. DeVitt and Mallet, Ranching building, David M. DeVitt, Born in Frederick, Maryland (1856), Early life and career, Moved to Fort Worth, Texas (1883), Business ventures, Married Florence Ada Bailey (1884), Children (Christine, Harold, Helen, David Jr.), DeVitt’s cattle business, Droughts (1886-87, 1889), Established Mallet Land and Cattle Company, Recognition of Helen DeVitt Jones, Recognition of Christine DeVitt, Recognition of Bruce Landess, Amoco Oil Company, Introduction of Ms. Teddy Cantine, Upcoming activities at the Ranching Heritage Center.

Tape 2, Side 1: Betty Rhea Moxley [speaker], Ranching Heritage Center, Description, Growth and influence of ranching, Structures, El Capote Cabin (c. 1838), Matador half dugout (1879), Box and strip house (1903), Activities in the structures, German lifestyle demonstrated, Sheep wool processing demonstrated, Ace Reid, cartoonist [speaker], Trail drives, Longhorn cattle, Bicentennial Longhorn Trail Drive, Jimmy Dees [speaker], Longhorn cattle behavior, History and preservation of Longhorn cattle, Ace Reid [speaker] (again), Bicentennial Longhorn Trail Drive, Longhorn cattle characteristics, Richard Weaver [speaker], Harley Sadler Tent Show revival, Texas Tech University, Description of Sadler Show, Parade candy, sale, Sadler Show revival, Plays to be performed, Order of events for the show, Vaudeville acts, Descriptions, Various speakers, Opinions on Bicentennial celebration, Alan Henry, city councilman [speaker], Bicentennial celebration, Lubbock, Texas, George Mahon, Congressman [speaker], Growth and progress West Texas, Dedication ceremonies (continued), Hector DeLeon [speaker], Bicentennial celebration, Mexican-American population, Program of singing at Lowrey Field in Lubbock, Officials, Directors.

Tape 2, Side 2: Betty Rhea Moxley [speaker], Masterson JY Bunkhouse (c. 1887), Cowboy life, Recreation time, Unidentified speaker, Hedwig Hill log cabin, Construction, Activities, Cooking, Mrs. I. O. McIlhaney [speaker], Matador half dugout (1879), Used as a line camp, Entertainment, Description, Dave Echols [speaker], Guns used by settlers, Plains rifle, Description, Rifle barrel, Tower flintlock pistol, Description, Anecdote about Andrew Jackson, Brief history of black powder weapons, Approximately eight minutes of Western music, Unidentified speaker, Activities for the weekend.

Range Dates: 1856-1976

Bulk Dates: 1856-1889

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