Ruff, Curtis 1998-09-25

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Court reporter Curtis Ruff discusses his early life in Mobeetie, Texas and his involvement in the Korean War. He talks about his beginnings as a court reporter and the Lubbock law community.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Curtis Ruff

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 25, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Curtis Ruff, background, Born: July 23, 1932, in Mobeetie, Texas, Joined the Army in April 1950, Volunteered to go to Korea, Joined the 2nd Infantry Division (January 17-May 30, 1951), Wounded and returned home, Discharged, April 1953, Moved to Plainview, Texas, Enrolled in court reporting school, Mrs. Lipperts (teacher and counselor), Moved to South Dakota, Worked as a court reporter for six months, Moved back to Lubbock (1955), Appointed as court reporter for six years by Judge Robert H. Bean, Lubbock First National Bank, Opened free-lance court reporting office, Retired July 30, 1998, Mobeetie, Texas, History of the town, Agriculture, Family, Father died when he was young (1936), Had 14 children with two different wives, Mother, Worked in sewing room in Shamrock, Texas, Family (again), Army, Basic training at Fort Ord, California, Kitchen Patrol Duty (KP), Attended school at Fort Bliss, Texas, Korean War, Severely injured by mortar shells, Descriptions of the war, weather, geography, air support, Korean civilians, Incidents.

Tape 1, Side 2: Captain Mark Clark, Descriptions of the war (again), patrols, prisoners of war, combat, integration of black and white soldiers, Communist containment, Court Reporting, Plainview court reporting school, Mrs. Lipperts (again), Cousin Joe Ruff, court reporter, First job in South Dakota, Judge Frame, Moved back to Texas and worked as a relief reporter (1955), Worked for Judge Robert Bean for six years, Free lance court reporting, Judge Robert Bean, district judge, Descriptions of the judge, Descriptions of the districts.

Tape 2, Side 1: Descriptions of the districts (continued), Cases, Criminal, Murder cases, Race relations, Drugs, Murder cases (again), Lawyers—Lubbock, Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam, insurance defense, Bob Huff—personal injury claim, Forrest Bowers, Best lawyer, Charlie Jones, Criminal Defense Lawyers, Court Reporting, Hardships and problems, Courts, Increasing number, Legal system, Changes, Technology, Paperwork, Lawyers, Increased number, Drive for money, Murder case, Dr. Edenoff, Divorce case, Murder’s wife’s lawyer, Chris Farmer, defense lawyer for Dr. Edenoff, Court reporting (again), New technology, Computer stenographs, CAT—Computer Aided Transcription.

Tape 2, Side 2: CAT (continued), Hunt case, Salary, Business, Family members in court reporting, Lubbock law community, Lawyer styles, Court reporting (again), School, South Dakota, Mobeetie High School, Preparation for career, Education, On the job training, Wife, Met at court reporting school, From Lawton, Oklahoma.

Range Dates: 1932-1998

Bulk Dates: 1950-1980

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