Audio Recording Frank Barnum of Miles City, Montana, talks about sheep operations, buying, and selling, part 2

Discussion of Mr. Barnum's sheep raising experiences, and the general business of sheep operations, buying and selling

About this Item

Title
Frank Barnum of Miles City, Montana, talks about sheep operations, buying, and selling, part 2
Contributor Names
Stanton, Gary Ward, 1946- (Collector)
Johnson, Paula J., 1954- (Collector)
Barnum, Frank (Interviewee)
Barnum, Mary Alice (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Miles City, Montana, August 8, 1979
Subject Headings
-  Wagons
-  Shepherds
-  Sheep farming
-  Sheep industry
-  Ethnography
-  Field recordings
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  United States -- Montana -- Miles City
Genre
Ethnography
Field recordings
Interviews
Sound recordings
Notes
-  Index data: Part 2 of a 4-part interview with Frank Barnum, at his home in Miles City MT, his daughter Mary Alice is present (fieldworker's notes comment on a noisy refrigerator near the recording site): regarding sheep wagons, the lining of the canvas top is insulation; showing pictures; one day 4 ewes had 13 lambs; pictures of a sheep ranch, Fort Ellis MT became a sheep experiment station; Frank worked for Montana State University; a North Dakota town newspaper wrote up his sheep herd, they had never seen so many sheep; he has "left a Stetson in every state"; daughter Mary Alice talks about Bruce [Sorbit?], wrote eulogies for friends before they die; stories about buyers at Frank's auction sales; sheep is a funny business, runs "either hot or cold"; about leasing a big block of range, sheared 10,000 sheep, "kept ya busy"; a wether, castrated male, used. to be kept for wool; used to drift through the Forsyth MT area, shear at Ingomar MT, there were two big shafts (drive shafts to power mechanical sheep shears), 26 men to the shaft, 8,000 sheep per day, machine shear 100-150 sheep per man per day; Frank comments on how he used to think it easier to walk sheep in than haul wool, about being camped out, gumbo (muddy, slippery soil and shale in parts of northern and eastern Montana), Mexican shearers would run out of food, when it rained; in the old days lots of homesteaders needed work; he earned to shear, 10 cents per sheep, depends upon the sheep; about sweating sheep, men lost lung from bending over wet sheep; about sheep dip, now it is sprayed; men used to castrate lambs with their teeth.
Medium
7-inch reel
Call Number/Physical Location
Call number: AFC 1981/005: AFS 20403
MBRS shelflist: RXA 0889
Field project identifier: MT9-GS-R18
Source Collection
Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Language
English
Online Format
audio
Original Format
sound recording

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Chicago citation style:

Stanton, Gary Ward, Paula J Johnson, Frank Barnum, and Mary Alice Barnum. Frank Barnum of Miles City, Montana, talks about sheep operations, buying, and selling, part 2. Miles City, Montana, August 8, 1979. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20403/.

APA citation style:

Stanton, G. W., Johnson, P. J., Barnum, F. & Barnum, M. A. (1979) Frank Barnum of Miles City, Montana, talks about sheep operations, buying, and selling, part 2. Miles City, Montana, August 8. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20403/.

MLA citation style:

Stanton, Gary Ward, et al. Frank Barnum of Miles City, Montana, talks about sheep operations, buying, and selling, part 2. Miles City, Montana, August 8, 1979. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20403/>.

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