Sudderth, Miss Nettie and Mrs John Caraway 1970-06-18

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Miss Sudderth and Mrs. Caraway discuss their families and the Ranger oil boom as it affected their lives and property in Stephens County.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Miss Nettie Sudderth and Mrs. John Caraway

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 18, 1970

Location: Ranger, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Nettie Sudderth: Family background of Lacy and Sudderth families, Parents’ marriage, Move to Stephens County, Nettie Sudderth’s birth in Stephens County (1892), Her father’s farm in Stephens County, Selling leases during the oil boom days, First oil well in Stephens County on Sudderth land, Boomtown living conditions, Early businesses in Ranger, Texas, Her schooling in Stephens County, Caring for invalid parents, Mrs. John Caraway, Miss Sudderth’s sister, Miss Sudderth’s cousins, Mrs. Caraway: Early childhood, Birth of the Sudderth children, Describes the old Sudderth home, parents, siblings, Schooling at Union school near Ranger, Texas, Mr. Sudderth’s business of selling leases during the oil boom, Mrs. Caraway’s reaction to the discovery of oil on her father’s land.

Tape 1, Side 2: Drilling of oil wells near the Sudderths’ land, Tent towns during the boom, Ghost towns after the boom, Present activity at the Stephens County well sites, Activities of the people in Stephens County area during the boom, Mrs. Caraway’s meeting with and marriage to Mr. Caraway, Mrs. Caraway’s scrapbook material.

Range Dates: 1892-1970

Bulk Dates: 1918-1970

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