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Interview with Rusty Coward and Dorothy Truman Coward

A 220 minute wide ranging interview with mainly Rusty Coward, foreman on the O'Connor Melon Creek Ranch. His father and uncle were also Melon Creek foreman.

Date: November 30, 1982


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Interview with Jesse Jones, Sr., Guerro Perez, L.V. Terrell, and Willie Brown, Sr.

A 243 minute interview with Jesse Jones, Abel "Guerro" Perez, L.V. Terrell and Willie Brown. The first half they are identifying photos and the second half telling stories.

Date: December 7, 1982


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Interview with Richard Harris, Rafael De La Garza, and Milam Thompson

A 237 minute wide ranging interview with Richard Harris, forman on the Murphy Ranch, Rafael De La Garza, tophand, and Milam Thompson, camp cook on the Coastal Bend Ranches.

Date: January 17, 1983


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Interview with Clayton Isaiah

A 235 wide ranging interview with Clayton Isaiah, a cowhand mainly on the O'Connor Melon Creek Ranch. The interview takes place in a rest home after Clayton has had a stroke.

Date: January 24, 1983


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Interview with Ananias Cook and Jesse Jones, Sr.

A 330 minute wide ranging interview with Ananias Cook and Jesse Jones, cowhands on the Coastal Bend Ranches.

Date: January 25, 1983


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Interview with Gertrude Patterson and Nettie Shaw

A 288 minute, wide ranging interview with Gertrude Patterson and Nettie Shaw but mostly Gertrude Patterson talking about her life and her time as a ranch cook.

Date: February 28, 1983


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Interview with Simmie Rydolph and Bailey Shaw

A 406 minute wide ranging interview with Simmie Rydolph, a chauffeur and keen observer, and Bailey Shaw, an itinerant cowhand on the ranches in the Coastal Bend.

Date: March 1, 1983


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Interview with Smithy Welder and Judy Welder

Date: March 22, 1983


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Interview with Earl Ward

A wide ranging 195 minute interview with Earl Ward, a foremen and one of the few anglo cowhands in the Coastal Bend until the late 20th century.

Date: June 9, 1983


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Portrait of J. Y. Lott (January 18, 1983)
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Portrait of Jesse Jones (September 27, 1990)
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Portrait of John Brown (February 9, 1999)
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Portrait of Kai Buckert (April 27, 1984)
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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

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