Audio Recording Eddie Gerspacher talks about raising sheep and cattle around Saco and Glasgow, Montana, part 1

About this Item

Title
Eddie Gerspacher talks about raising sheep and cattle around Saco and Glasgow, Montana, part 1
Contributor Names
Stanton, Gary Ward, 1946- (Collector)
Crummett, Michael, 1948- (Collector)
Gerspacher, Eddie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Saco, Montana, August 5, 1979
Subject Headings
-  Wagons
-  Shepherds
-  Coyote
-  Sheep farming
-  Ethnography
-  Field recordings
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  United States -- Montana -- Saco
Genre
Ethnography
Field recordings
Interviews
Sound recordings
Notes
-  Index data: Part 1 of a 3-part interview with Eddie [Eddy, Edmand?] Gerspacher, at a park in Saco MT: Eddie Gerspacher recommends we talk with Charlie Richardson, 94 or 97 years old; Eddie shows pictures of coyotes (destructive to livestock); about the use of the controversial "1080 compound" [sodium fluoroacetate] to poison coyotes, at times supported by government programs; Gerspacher says that coyotes put many sheep ranchers out of business, the area around Fort Peck Dam is "an incubator tor for coyotes"; old cowboys used to make good herders until the 1930s; Basques were natural operators and had to learn to be good sheepherders; the old herders were characters, what brought them back [from the range] was the message they got "when their buttons rubbed against their backbone"; Blacksmiths made wagons, and custom made sheep wagons; Mormons make the wagons now; the sheep wagon in the museum had been used by Firman Ojeul; used Bear Creek Coal in sheep wagons, locally dug lignite; shearing crews with blades; Mexican shearers brought their families; used to shear in June, when they did range lambing; explanation of spring lambing advantages; about running cattle for the past 15 years; story about a herder that Eddie had once, who was an old time cowboy from the Larb Hills; about the government resettlement plan; Gerpsacher's oldest brother came in 1900, another came in 1903, "I was the baby of the family" and came in 1914. The fieldworker's notes indicate that this recording was made out of doors, in a park in Saco MT, with the Nagra IV-S recorder set to monaural and using a Neumann KH 84 microphone "with windscreen, laid in the grass."
Medium
7-inch reel
Call Number/Physical Location
Call number: AFC 1981/005: AFS 20399
MBRS shelflist: RXA 0885
Field project identifier: MT9-GS-R14
Source Collection
Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Language
English
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Stanton, Gary Ward, Michael Crummett, and Eddie Gerspacher. Eddie Gerspacher talks about raising sheep and cattle around Saco and Glasgow, Montana, part 1. Saco, Montana, August 5, 1979. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20399/.

APA citation style:

Stanton, G. W., Crummett, M. & Gerspacher, E. (1979) Eddie Gerspacher talks about raising sheep and cattle around Saco and Glasgow, Montana, part 1. Saco, Montana, August 5. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20399/.

MLA citation style:

Stanton, Gary Ward, Michael Crummett, and Eddie Gerspacher. Eddie Gerspacher talks about raising sheep and cattle around Saco and Glasgow, Montana, part 1. Saco, Montana, August 5, 1979. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20399/>.

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