Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Ranching Heritage Center Dedication
DATE OF INTERVIEW: July 2, 1976
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: KEND radio
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 35 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Tape 1 is of a radio program on the formal dedication ceremony of the David M. DeVitt and Mallet Ranch Building and the opening of the Ranching Heritage Center. Tape 2, side 1 is a series of short radio spots, entitled "Viewpoints," recorded prior to the formal dedication ceremony of the RHC. Tape 2, side 2 is a series of short interviews with various people concerning different aspects of the RHC.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Introduction of Mr. D. Burns
Description of Longhorn Trail Drive
Dale Robertson [speaker]
Narrative about the Chisholm Trail
Introduction of Charlie Scruggs
Mr. Scruggs [speaker]
Opening address
Introduction of visiting dignitaries
Introduction of Trail Drive participants
Ranching Heritage Center Committee
Introduction of Committee founders
Introduction of Mrs. Lyndon B. (Lady Bird) Johnson
Mrs. Johnson [speaker]
Texas heritage, characteristics and values
Local rangeland
Preservation of the past
Excerpt from a speech by Lyndon B. Johnson
General comments
Introduction of Representative George H. Mahon
Mr. Mahon [speaker]
Mrs. Johnson
Singing of "America the Beautiful"
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Introduction of Dr. Grover E. Murray
Dr. Murray [speaker]
Formal dedication of the David M. DeVitt and Mallet
Ranching building
David M. DeVitt
Born in Frederick, Maryland (1856)
Early life and career
Moved to Fort Worth, Texas (1883)
Business ventures
Married Florence Ada Bailey (1884)
Children (Christine, Harold, Helen, David Jr.)
DeVitt’s cattle business
Droughts (1886-87, 1889)
Established Mallet Land and Cattle Company
Recognition of Helen DeVitt Jones
Recognition of Christine DeVitt
Recognition of Bruce Landess
Amoco Oil Company
Introduction of Ms. Teddy Cantine
Upcoming activities at the Ranching Heritage Center
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Betty Rhea Moxley [speaker]
Ranching Heritage Center
Description
Growth and influence of ranching
Structures
El Capote Cabin (c. 1838)
Matador half dugout (1879)
Box and strip house (1903)
Activities in the structures
German lifestyle demonstrated
Sheep wool processing demonstrated
Ace Reid, cartoonist [speaker]
Trail drives
Longhorn cattle
Bicentennial Longhorn Trail Drive
Jimmy Dees [speaker]
Longhorn cattle behavior
History and preservation of Longhorn cattle
Ace Reid [speaker] (again)
Bicentennial Longhorn Trail Drive
Longhorn cattle characteristics
Richard Weaver [speaker]
Harley Sadler Tent Show revival
Texas Tech University
Description of Sadler Show
Parade candy, sale
Sadler Show revival
Plays to be performed
Order of events for the show
Vaudeville acts
Descriptions
Various speakers
Opinions on Bicentennial celebration
Alan Henry, city councilman [speaker]
Bicentennial celebration
Lubbock, Texas
George Mahon, Congressman [speaker]
Growth and progress West Texas
Dedication ceremonies (continued)
Hector DeLeon [speaker]
Bicentennial celebration
Mexican-American population
Program of singing at Lowrey Field in Lubbock
Officials
Directors
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Betty Rhea Moxley [speaker]
Masterson JY Bunkhouse (c. 1887)
Cowboy life
Recreation time
Unidentified speaker
Hedwig Hill log cabin
Construction
Activities
Cooking
Mrs. I. O. McIlhaney [speaker]
Matador half dugout (1879)
Used as a line camp
Entertainment
Description
Dave Echols [speaker]
Guns used by settlers
Plains rifle
Description
Rifle barrel
Tower flintlock pistol
Description
Anecdote about Andrew Jackson
Brief history of black powder weapons
Approximately eight minutes of Western music
Unidentified speaker
Activities for the weekend
RANGE DATES: 1856-1976
BULK DATES: 1856-1889