Sanders, Mrs James Lee 1975-07-01

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Mrs. Sanders discusses the history and genealogy of her family and recalls stories about people in the area’s ranching industry. She also describes the Albany Fandangle and the Christmas Nativity and the effect those productions have had on the people of Albany.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. James Lee Sanders

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 01, 1975

Location: Albany, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 2 hours 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Location and history of Sanders Ranch, Sanders family genealogy traced, Grandfather Kerr’s papers and vouchers from Indian and Civil wars, Involved in attempt to capture Puerto Rico and Cuba from the King of Spain, History of Capp family on Grandmother Kerr’s side, Daughter Judy’s life on the ranch, Story of John Loren and his outlaw gang told by James Sanders.

Tape 1, Side 2: "Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair" play written about John Loren and wife Mary Matthews, Mary Matthews’ life after Loren’s death, Putnam Ranch house history and architecture, Sanders’ Drug Store was gossip headquarters in Albany, Mule Gainstoler stories as told by Mrs. Sanders, Mrs. Sanders recollects her childhood moves from Fort Worth to Putnam and Albany, Mr. and Mrs. Sanders’ courtship and marriage.

Tape 2, Side 1: Mrs. Sanders’ preoccupation with people watching, Description of the Albany atmosphere, Albany (Fort Griffin) Fandangle and its development, People involved, Beginning of the Nativity, a Christmas anthology of the New Testament presented in the Presbyterian Church, People involved in the development of the Nativity and Fandangle, James Ball’s direction of the Fandangle as compared to Bob Nail’s direction.

Tape 2, Side 2: Rights of the Fandangle Association in regard to props, sound equipment, etc., Fandangle’s lapse in 1957-1964 and David Hooper’s attempt to buy it, Rejuvenation of the Fandangle, Support of the Fandangle, Unique experiences encountered in the production of the Fandangle and the Nativity, Describes her life with James Sanders and tells about their four children.

Range Dates: 1860s-1975

Bulk Dates: 1930s-1964

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