Spence, Mr and Mrs J Roy 1972-07-14

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The Spences, ranching pioneers, discuss their family histories and their experiences ranching in the Big Bend area of Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy Spence

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 14, 1972

Location: Alpine, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Mrs. Spence reads an account of her family’s, history involving events, personalities and anecdotes in the Big Bend and West Texas, Recalls living conditions on the ranch in 1907, Alpine Mercantile described, Freighting and mining in the Big Bend, Lists various Protestant denominations and notes attitude toward Mexican Catholics.

Tape 1, Side 2: Families and friends recalled, Moved to Alpine (1907-08), Raid as a result of the Mexican Revolution described, Discusses experiences driving cattle to Fort Stockton, Mrs. Spence reads about a Pancho Villa raid, Anecdote about a Border Patrol officer’s murder, Mentions release of Mexican citizen on criminal charges.

Tape 2, Side 1: Mrs. Spence reads from a history of Alpine, Personal anecdotes related, Describes move to Marfa, Texas, Influenza epidemic recalled (1918), Tells of hunting and wildlife experiences, Built a new house on the ranch, Speculation about changes in the terrain.

Tape 2, Side 2: Explains origin of Spanish place names, Fire in home described.

Range Dates: 1907-1920

Bulk Dates: 1907-1920

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