Studer, Mrs Fleda S 1973

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Mrs. Studer, a daughter-in-law of pioneer rancher Julius Caesar Studer, discusses the early history of Canadian, Texas, and the Studer family’s role in it.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. Fleda S. Studer

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 15 and November 2, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Family traveled to Canadian from Kansas (1887), Father brought two and one half sections of land from Jack Woods, Mother taught school in Chrisfield, Kansas, Mrs. Studer is fifth of eleven children in family, Gives account of Stockmen Mercantile Store, Canadian became railroad center for Santa Fe line, Harvey Houses established, Recounts schooling experiences, Monies for public school raised by subscription, Comments on land in Hemphill County, J. C. Studer and family depicted.

Tape 1, Side 2: J. C. Studer family (continued), Climactic conditions recalled, Narrates life with husband, Dated him after World War I, Married December 6, 1920, Writing of a history of Hemphill County explained, Helped by brother, Informative letter from longtime county resident received, Notes contribution of Dick Bussell, buffalo hunter, Talks about husband’s occupation, Rodeo on Studer Ranch started, Town wanted income from rodeo, Cars introduced in Canadian (c. 1910).

Tape 2, Side 1: Describes money crisis (1909), Depression results on ranchers remembered, Explains Rodeo Cowboys’ Association, Husband was announcer and secretary for several rodeos, Discusses complaints of cowboys, Col. Johnson, rodeo manager, recalled, History of Presbyterian Church in Canadian given, First Presbyterian minister spoke (October 18, 1888), Built building in 1892, Comments on Women’s Temperance Christian Union (WTCU) in Canadian.

Tape 2, Side 2: WTCU in Canadian (continued), Voted saloons out in 1907 or 1908, Records kept in county library, WTCU sponsor library, Oil in Hemphill County recently discovered, Lists husband’s businesses.

Range Dates: 1887-1973

Bulk Dates: 1887-1973

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