Wolffarth, George 1946

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George Wolffarth, early Lubbock County pioneer and namesake of Wolfforth, Texas, recalls his childhood in Texas, trail drives and Indians. Note: This tape is a copy of a wire recording from 1946. A transcription is available in Suzanne Wilson Abbott’s An Unfinished Tale: The Genealogy of Kenneth Dale Abbott, Jr. Volume I: Wolffarth, Sanders Hunt, Taylor and Allied Lines, 93ff, see Catalogued Books.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: George Wolffarth

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: 1946

Location: None Given

Interviewer: None Given

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Cattle drive from Texas Panhandle to Honeywell, Kansas (1882), Indian incidents, Trail fever, Return trip to Fort Worth, Texas, Rail passes, Inconsistency in honoring passes, Work on Diamond Tail Ranch (1881), Chose work over school, Snowstorm (February 14, 1882), Winter on Pease River, Horseback riding, Hunted turkeys, Worked on branding crew, Roping rattlesnakes, Description of parents settling on Wichita River, Indian raid, One-room log houses, Food, Move to Crosby County, Delivered livestock to St. Louis Cattle Company near Slaton, Texas, Drove herd to Dodge City, Kansas, Describes trail driving, Description of crossing Arkansas River, Relations with Tonkawa Indians at Jacksboro, Texas, Tonkawa Charlie.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1860s-1880s

Bulk Dates: 1880s

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