Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Albert Zeigler]
When the El Paso, Northeastern Railroad was built from El Paso Texas to [Tueumcari?] New Mexico, we had great hopes of it building thro'ugh White Oaks, but it left White Oaks about twelve miles to the east, and now it [is?] just a ghost town, but we still have great hopes of the mines opening up again.
Several funny things happened while I was living in White Oaks. Mrs. Zeigler and I were invited to a dinner party at Mrs. John McCourt's, a neighbor of ours. Her little son, Ben, about five years old enjoyed the meat course very much. The little fellow heard us talking about the kind of meat that we had and it happened to be kid. He asked us, “What did they kill the poor little fellow for?”
During the Cleveland administration we had quite a few light grey stove pipe hats in the store. A bunch of Apache Indians came over from the Reservation to buy some dry goods. My brother Jake sold each buck one of [these?] stove pipe hats. With their blankets and moccasins and high hats they were sights to behold. Everyone in the town was out watching these Indians parade the streets.
I have lived in Lincoln County fifty years and have been in the general merchandise business all these years.
NARRATOR: Albert Zeigler, [Carrizozo?], New Mexico. Aged 78 years.