Cooper, Mr and Mrs Spurgeon 1970-11-16

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The Coopers discuss Jack County area history, particularly the McDonald family, the cattle shoot of the 1930s, and the oil industry in the area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon Cooper

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Date: November 16, 1970

Location: Jacksboro, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family came to Texas in 1857, Father worked on Oliver Loving's ranch, Story of Indian fight and lost pipe, Stewart family recalled, Early Jack County schools named, Anecdote about Lum McDonald at school, McDonald family discussed, Ran McDonald characterized, McDonald philosophy explained, Example of Lum's unique way of speech, McDonalds had good horses, Murder of Lum McDonald discussed, Mrs. Cooper's father worked on Loving Ranch 1892-1908, Schoolteachers at Gertrude and Jermyn named, Photographs examined

Tape 1, Side 2: Anecdote about Mr. Cooper having his picture taken as a child, Photographs identified, Stark family recalled, Story of Kate Cooper killing a rat, Lum McDonald's home described, Reaction of people to Lum's murder, Story of search for water for cattle recalled, Establishment of town of Gertrude described, Community of Antelope discussed, Government cattle shoot program of the 1930s, Benefits listed, Oil industry beginnings in Jack County area, Coopers' children named

Range Dates: 1857-1970

Bulk Dates: 1892-1930s

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