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W. P. Rooney tells about early life in Fort Stockton, using a liberal amount of humor. B. P. Mitchell deals very generally with his experiences as a cowboy on an area ranch. This tape is poorly organized and, at times, difficult to understand.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W.P. Rooney and B.P. Mitchell

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 24, 1968

Location: Fort Stockton, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical material, Father’s biography, Trip to American and smallpox, Reason for coming to Texas, Mother’s biography, Fort Stockton (1870s), Indian incident, Horsehead Crossing, Supply point—San Antonio, First school teacher, Brother’s education, Pranks on store customers, Mice trap incident, Ice, Supply point, Weight, Supply points, Tomato incident, Dead cowboy incident, Pecos River, Location of dam, Corn raising, Snowstorm incident, Weather—cyclones, Droughts, Buggy speed and teams, Sheriff (1925-1935), Former sheriff, Tax theft (1870s).

Tape 1, Side 2: Old timers: Saloon locations, Telephone office location, Shooting incident, Fraser and Miller shooting, Jim Miller’s career, ON Ranch location, Oldest grave, B. P. Mitchell: 1907 Drivers still alive, Frozen horses, Texaco, Number of saloons, Number of drivers (1907), Drunk incident, Big Sam’s sons, Jewish land buyer—humorous incident, Don D. McCormick article read, The canyon, Shepard killings, Flies, [Then either a joke or incident is told which should probably be erased or restricted—bad taste (public image) and all that], Number of cattle run by the Y’s (?), Biggest roundup, Herd gathering point, Plowing incident, J. O. Penn’s (?) ranch, Texas Folk Humor (exaggeration), Biographical material, Winkler County drought.

Range Dates: 1870s-1935

Bulk Dates: 1879-1935

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