Swenson, Bill, Olive McDougle, and Reva Bragg 1969-10-00

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Bill Swenson, Olive McDougle and Reva Bragg talk about the Bethel Lutheran Church near Stamford, the history and operations of the Spur and SMS Ranches and the Swenson Land and Cattle Company, along with the people who worked for each.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bill Swenson, Olive McDougle, and Reva Bragg

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 1969

Location: Stamford, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Bill Swenson: Bethel Lutheran Church near Stamford, Sale of Ericsdale land to settlers (1905-1915), Establishment of the church, Building of a rock building to replace wooden one in 1940, Hugo Beuteris (?), pastor for 50 years, Spur Ranch, Joint purchase of ranch by Swenson and Thomas Emory (1905), Operation of Spur Land Sales Office by Charles A. and Clifford B. Jones, Division of Spur land between the Swensons and the Emorys, Present size of the Spur Ranch, JA Ranch near Clarendon, Marlboro cigarette commercial, CBS crew sent to take pictures in 1969, Appearance of pictures in various magazines, Olive McDougle: Mrs. McDougle’s parents, Mrs. McDougle’s work in the Swenson Land and Cattle Company, Reads her short history of the SMS Ranch.

Tape 1, Side 2: SMS history (continued), Reva Bragg: Discusses her work at the Swenson Land and Cattle Company.

Range Dates: 1905-1969

Bulk Dates: 1905-1969

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