Peacock, Mr and Mrs Bryan Young 1970-06-23

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The Peacocks discuss their respective families, giving biographical information as well as insight into the fur business and activities in early Lampasas, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Bryan and Laura Young Peacock

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 23, 1970

Location: Jacksboro, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Laura Peacock’s family background, T. A. J. Smithwick, grandfather, settled in Lampasas, Occupation as a woodcutter explained, Father’s business ventures, Lampasas Wagon Yard, Fur business, Kinds and prices of fur, Door-to-door sales described, Shipping of furs, Origin of name "Possum Kingdom", Processing of furs, St. Louis mentioned as headquarters for wool and mohair, Description of shearing, grading, shipping and buying of wool and mohair, Early Lampasas, Naming of Lampasas, Health resort activities, Prominent families recalled, Bryan Peacock’s family, Paternal grandparents came to Cooper, Texas from, Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1866, Homesteaded land north of Lampasas.

Tape 1, Side 2: Bryan Peacock’s immediately family members listed, Father worked for Houston and Texas Central Railroad while ranching, Peacock attended Chapel School in Lampasas, Peacock’s maternal family, Great-grandfather, Isaac Denson, settled on Sulphur Creek, Grandfather was Shadrick T. Denson, Sheriff of Lampassas in the 1870s, List of Lampasas County officers, Anecdote of confrontation between Sheriff Denson and Mr. Short, Feud of 1870s between Halls and Higgins recalled, Peacock’s early employment.

Tape 2, Side 1: Bryan Peacock’s early employment (continued), Peacock’s fur business (1926), Wool and mohair business described, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, Benefits derived for the Association, Work on problems of predatory animals, fur market and screw worms, The Peacocks describe photographs of family, furs and friends, Concluding remarks concerning the fur business.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1870s-1970

Bulk Dates: 1926-1970

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