Stinnett, Beaumont 1956-11-21

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Beaumont Stinnett, a son-in-law of pioneer rancher R. B. (Ben) Masterson, discusses the Masterson family, the JY brand and his own ranching endeavors.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Beaumont Stinnett

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: November 21, 1956

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: None Given

Length: 1 hour 35 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Use of the JY brand by the Mastersons, Robert Benjamin Masterson, Sr., Personality, Characteristics, Minerals on the JY Ranch properties, R. B. (Ben) Masterson, Sr. (again), Wives, Ranching operations, Anecdote, Selling out after World War I, Children, Sally Lee (Mrs. Scott), Anna Bell (Mrs. D. S. Kritser), Fanny Fern (Mrs. Chansler E. Weymouth), Mary (Mrs. Mary Fain), Anecdote about gas wells (1916), Charles N. Gould, Two structures, Property in King and Knox counties, 80,000 acres, Robert B. Masterson, Jr., Thomas B. "Teb" Masterson, Masterson family, Maintains most of the mineral rights, The Lowrances own some of the rights, Discussion about the retirement of the JY brand to Texas Tech University by Floyce Masterson, Land division between Bob and Tom Masterson, Bateman mineral interest.

Tape 1, Side 2: JY brand (again), Original holder of the brand, R. B. (Ben) Masterson, Sr., Born: December 12, 1853, To Texas (1854), Ranching activities after 1930s, Thomas B. "Teb" Masterson, Sr., King and Knox counties, R. B. (Ben) Masterson, Jr., Children, Peggy Masterson Stinnett, Bennett Masterson, Thomas B. "Teb" Masterson, Sr. (again), Children, T. B. (Tom) Masterson, Jr., R. B. (Bob) Masterson III, JY brand origins, Anecdote about "Yes, Jenny", T. B. Masterson, Sr. (again), Death (1945), Sons continued use of the JY brand, Land leasing arrangements, Land interest divisions, T. B. (Tom) Masterson, Jr. and R. B. Masterson III, Partnership dissolvement, T. B. (Tom) Masterson, Jr. (again), Floyce Masterson, widow, R. B. Masterson, Jr. (again), Selling the King-Knox Ranch (1955), G. A. and Ed Lowrance (1956), Floyce Masterson (again), Leasing her ranch to the Lowrances, Peggy Masterson Stinnett and Beaumont Stinnett, Use of the JY brand (1942), Potter, Randall and Carson counties, Uses of the JY brand, Long S brand used by C. E. Weymouth, Stock farming in Carson County, Brand registration, Brand significance, Less significant today (1956), Heritage, Branding will continue, Types of cattle feed used.

Tape 2, Side 1: Cattle feed (continued), Creek fed vs. non-creek fed, Range grasses used, Ben Masterson, Advantages and disadvantages of multiple ranch sites, King-Knox operation, New strategies, Farming and ranching combined, Land ownership, R. B. (Ben) Masterson Sr.’s children, Horse usage on ranches, Ten horses per ranch, Ranch hands prefer pickup trucks, Potter County ranch and Carson County farm, Stinnett (again), Randall County ranch, Education, Gas business, Children, Weather, Effects on ranching, Future of ranching, Current economics of buying a new ranch, High land cost, Ranching incidents, Rustling, Coyotes, Winters, Rainfall, Water, Windmills to pump subsurface water, Grasshoppers.

Tape 2, Side 2: Grasshoppers (continued), Pictures of the Mastersons.

Range Dates: 1853-1956

Bulk Dates: 1940s-1956

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