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Interview with Milam Thompson

A 90 minute interview with Milam Thompson, a camp cook on the Coastal Bend Ranches, talking about the life of the camp cook. This is the first interview with Milam.

Date: June 1, 1977


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Interview with Milam Thompson

A 65 minute interview with Milam Thompson, camp cook on the Coastal Bend ranches. Milam recounts his early life.

Date: January 1, 1978


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Interview with Alice Cook and Nancy O'Connor

An 11 minute interview with Alice Cook, a ranch cook and wife of a cowboy. This is the beginning of the project.

Date: January 2, 1978


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Interview with Alice Lee Youngblood Cook

Date: June 1, 1979


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Interview with Alice Cook and Laura Hopkins

A 55 minute interview with Laura Hopkins accompanied by Alice Cook talking about Lewis Bend and the early twentieth century. Ms. Hopkins was the oldest member of the Lewis' Bend community.

Date: June 22, 1979


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Interview with Ananias Cook, Milam Thompson, and Dan Youngblood

A 44 minute interview with Ananias Cook, Milam Thompson, and Dan Youngblood, cowhands and cook on the Coastal Bend ranches, talking about Lewis Bend, a freeman's community on the San Antonio River.

Date: January 1, 1980


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Interview with Tony Lott

A 64 minute interview with Tony Lott, one of the cowhands on the Welder Vidauri Ranch talking about cowboy life.

Date: March 22, 1980


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Interview with Douglas Franklin, Sr., Tony Lott, Dan Youngblood, and Milam Thompson

A 65 minute wide ranging interview with Douglas Franklin, Tony Lott, Dan Youngblood and Milam Thompson, cowhands on the Coastal Bend Ranches

Date: March 22, 1980


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Interview with Milam Thompson

A 20 minute interview with Milam Thompson, camp cook on the Coastal Bend ranches, offering up his perspectives on life and working cattle.

Date: August 21, 1980


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Interview with Milam Thompson

Date: October 1, 1981


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Images (4,189)

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Portrait of John Brown (February 9, 1999)
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Portrait of Judy Welder (March 22, 1983)
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Portrait of K. J. Oliver (February 9, 1999)
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Portrait of Kai Buckert (April 27, 1984)
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Portrait of L.V. Terrell (January 19, 1985)
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Documents (23)

Cryin' For Daylight: Ranching Culture in the Texas Coastal Bend

The Coastal Bend region of Texas embodies a rich and ethnically diverse cattle ranching heritage. For the first volume in her continuing effort to document this 155 year old culture, Louise S. O'Connor interviewed and photographed scores of men and women who have lived and worked on the ranches of the Texas Gulf Coast.,

Date: 1989
Total Pages: 348

Milam's Revelation Cookbook: A Legacy of Food and Knowledge from the Black Culture of the Texas Coastal Bend

"I learned to cook through revelation and the five senses. I didn't have no cookbooks. I learned to cook down through time by seein', hearin', smellin', feelin'." ,

Date: 2006
Total Pages: 314

Tales From the San'tone River Bottom: A Cultural History: Origins (Vol. 1)

Historians generally tell only about history. Louise O'Connor has chosen to use a new approach, letting the people themselves tell their own story, in their own words through the new approach of oral history. Using transcriptions of those interviewed, she lets them tell their own tales. In using such an approach, she is giving the world a fifty-yard-line seat to the real drama which cannot be duplicated anywhere else.,

Date: November, 1998
Total Pages: 280

Tales From the San'tone River Bottom: Historic Times (Volume 2)

During the twentieth century, these people of the Texas Coastal Bend were there. They saw, they lived, they processed it, and then they told it to me with their usual clarity. Some of it is sad, some of it is funny, and all is a profound insight into the changes, influences, events and reactions to events experienced by the men, women, and children of the Texas Coastal Bend. ,

Date: 2002
Total Pages: 253

Ledger from the River Ranch.

This ledger is probably the property of Lester Long, foreman at the River Ranch in the 1940s. Listing of names with tally marks for possibly days worked. Names are: Tom O'Connor, Lester Long, Rafel Hernandes, Edgar Long, Jim Louis, Alfonso Solis, Gregorio Solis, Victor Moraida, Steve Tiderina, Roman Jimenes, Rafel Garsa, Rafel Garsa Jr., Lupe Garsa, Juan Rodrigues, Romana H, Martin, John T, Lons Edwards. Miscellaneous lists for groceries, notations of mathmatics and other notations. ,

Date: 1940's
Total Pages: 40

Financial ledger of Dennis Martin O'Connor and O'Connor Brothers, December 17, 1887 - December 31, 1892

A ledger tracking employee purchases and work payments.,

Date: between 1887 and 1892
Total Pages: 113

Financial ledger of Dennis Martin O'Connor and O'Connor Brothers, December 18, 1887 - December 15, 1891.

A ledger tracking the employee accounts of D.M. O'Connor. There is a listing of days worked and tasks done and pay due as well as expenses and items purchased.,

Date: between 1887 and 1891
Total Pages: 262

Petty Accounts [Financial ledger, April 22, 1888 - July 30, 1890]

A ledger from Dennis M. O'Connor containing the accounting for labor, tracking their days worked, wages, and charges for merchandise.,

Date: between 1888 and 1890
Total Pages: 136

Financial ledger, of Dennis Martin O'Connor, November 3, 1888 - Jan 6, 1896. General business ledger.

A ledger tracking employee work days as well as pay and charges. Also personal and ranch expenses incurred or paid for by D.M. O'Connor,

Date: between 1888 and 1896
Total Pages: 124

Cattle Sales

A ledger containing cattle sale records for the O'Connor Brothers and Dennis Martin O'Connor. The columns are brands, number, class, to whom sold, owner or date of sale and whether paid or not. Later entries group sales by the year and then, still later entries are grouped by the person, either DM O'Connor as the seller or Philip Lambert as the buyer.,

Date: between 1888 and 1893
Total Pages: 92

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