Tarver, L R 1983-08-09

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L. R. Tarver, former Winkler County Treasurer, reminisces over his years in the county, including a discussion of Winkler County law enforcement.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: L.R. Tarver

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 09, 1983

Location: Kermit, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Ellis Somers, Anecdotes: Hiding poker game, Drunk at football game, Mabel Cutburth, Road house, Employment in laundry business, Earnings, To Winkler County (1933), Reasons, Hitch hiking to Wink, Working for cleaners (again), Wages (again), Marriage (1936), Service as County Treasurer (1939-1973), Kermit, Texas (1930s), Oil boom, Size, Pre-oil boom, Involvement in real estate business, Oil camps around Wink, Locations.

Tape 1, Side 2: Locations (continued), Size, Tents, Ellis Somers, Finding a grave, Anecdote: whiskered man cheating at poker, Anecdote: stopping for a beer in middle of a funeral, Heavy Brackeen, Anecdote: Washing hands with one arm, Urn Baird, Blackie Laughlin murder (1931), Ellis Somers (again), Problems with local gangster, Urn Baird (again), Ellis Somers (again), Defeat in elections, Bill Evans, View of Ellis Somers, Service as Sheriff, To Winkler County (1933-1934), Building and furnishing house, Red Colter, Anecdote: Blasting a well and losing shoes, Sid Richardson.

Tape 2, Side 1: Sid Richardson (continued), Old timers in Winkler County, Travels, Age, Rivalry between Kermit and Wink, County seat, Football, Anecdote: two little boys with the same head.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1933-1983

Bulk Dates: 1933-1983

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