Sneed, Arch 1969-10-14

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Arch Sneed talks about his years as a cowboy on the Mill Iron and XIT ranches, recalls the cowboy poet Larry Chittenden, and identifies photographs related to his cowboy days.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Arch Sneed

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 14, 1969

Location: Dalhart, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Pictures in home discussed, Describes lost mine of San Saba, Relates history of town of Evant, Feuds in the area common, Uncle owned first store-post office, Horse drive from Evant to Anson described, Cowboy poet recalled, Worked cattle drive for Mill Iron Ranch, Characterizes cattle rustler he knew, Cattle drive to Midland in 1901 reviewed, Various ranchers mentioned.

Tape 1, Side 2: Anecdotes about various ranchers and cowboys told, Man named Julius mentioned, Cattle roundups remembered, Worked for XIT Ranch (1902-1905), Ranch divisions named and described, Cowboys’ work explained, Windmills on the ranch discussed.

Tape 2, Side 1: Identifies photographs, Explains naming of the XIT Ranch, Photographs discussed further, Discusses his work as a cowboy on the XIT Ranch, Gives more information on the photographs.

Tape 2, Side 2: Discussion and identification of photographs (continued), Tells anecdotes connected with the pictures, Recites poem, "Cowboys’ Christmas Ball" by Larry Chittenden, Refers Carpenter to Mrs. (Cordelia Sloan ?) Duke for interviewing.

Range Dates: 1890s-1969

Bulk Dates: 1901-1910

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