Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Earnest, Mrs. Ara
DATE OF INTERVIEW: May 1968
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Odessa, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Paul Patterson
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: None given
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: The life of the Earnest family in West Texas.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Biographical Sketch:
     Mrs. Ara Earnest
     Move to Yoakum County in 1903
     Father ranched
     Drilled wells
     Supplies from Midland or Big Springs
     Length of time
     Difficulties
     Water was good
     Ranch Country
     Small farm
     Mother moved to Lubbock - 1912
     Moved across draw
     House burned
     No concrete
     Population
     Used to camp on 19th Street
     Freighting trips
     No thieves
     1904 - hauling from Big Springs
     Coal Oil dripped on floor
     Slept on ground
     Large pastures
     Organization of Plains, Texas
     Father died of typhoid
     First store
     Doctor - in Brownfield
     First person buried in Plains, Texas
     Mules ran away
     Married - 1908 - 13th couple married in Plains
     Husband - cattle rancher
     1st School house
     Teachers
     Garage
     Popular girl
     Distance of driving herds
     Coming to Tech in Lubbock
     Living in Sudan, Texas
     1908 - Freeze in January
     Cattle to roundup
     Bought interest in Old Doorkey Ranch
     Lived there eight years
     Leased ranch at Bledsoe
     Depression 1929-30
     Moved to Sudan
     Husband passed away
     Mrs. Earnest reared her two children
     Roomers
     Ironing, cooking
     Moved to Hot Springs
     Panhandle, Texas, in 1934
     Porter, her son
     Education
     Bought some land and sold it 1954, $80,000
     Manager of Inn at Panhandle
     Move to Lubbock
     Cattle inspectors
     Scab on cattle
     70 sections in New Mexico
     Kill of cow for hind section
     Move to Odessa - bought home
     Grandchildren
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1903-1954
BULK DATES: 1903-1954