Winder, Louise Arnett Steen 1969-10-14

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Mrs. Winder recalls her early life on the Spade Ranch, daily activities there, her father Tom Arnett as ranch manager, and adverse weather on the South Plains.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Louise Arnett Steen Winder

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 14, 1969

Location: Littlefield, Texas (?)

Interviewer: Jack Gibson

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Mrs. Winder’s family, Born: Coke County, Texas (June 27, 1904), Tom and Elizabeth (Stanford) Arnett, parents, Marriage to Robert Wade Steen, Adoption of son by Tom Arnetts, Education while living on the Spade Ranch, Living on the Spade Ranch, Home that Mrs. Winder lived in, Running cattle through the dipping vats, Dance at Frank Norfleet’s ranch, William Ellwood chasing antelope in cars, Main house on the Spur Ranch, Buying supplies for the ranch, Curing beef on the ranch, Trains coming through Littlefield (c. 1912-13), Cattle shipped from Renderbrook to North Spade, Arnett family, Discusses Tom Arnett’s management of the ranch, Entertainment for the ranch hands, World War I—Armistice (1918), Living in Lubbock during the school term.

Tape 1, Side 2: Christmas at the Spade Ranch, Mrs. Winder’s marriage to Mr. Steen, The settling of Littlefield, Texas, Tom Arnett, Personality, Celebration honoring old timers of the Spade Ranch, Growing up on the Spur Ranch, Prairie fires, Sandstorms, Snows.

Range Dates: 1904-1969

Bulk Dates: 1904-1930

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