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“It was one early September in—- I think about 1909—- when we had journeyed over to Malheur Lake, in [Eastern Oregon?], to shoot a couple of ducks, that Uncle Steve told me about Salton Sea.

“In camp after supper one evening I had mentioned to Uncle Steve that I once shot a duck or two down in the Mojave Desert, and that it was very hot shooting indeed, and that I had shot them on a very unusual Lake which some people called the ‘salton Sea’....

“‘Well, I - gosh, now ain't that a cuincident,’ Uncle Steve exclaimed. ‘I - Gawd, so that's what they call it now, 'th' Salton Sea’. Jest think ny own nephew's shot ducks on that lake that I made - yeah, well, that is Bob White an' me made it, or mebbe to be plumb accurate an' truthful I shouldn't ought say we made it, but by gosh we staked th’ damn thing down, there ain't no cussed doubt about that!

“‘It was that time that Bob and me and ‘Mam’, that was Bob's wife, was migratin' from Arizona, that time it got so danged hot and dry all them forests and even th’ doggone buzzards petrified...

“‘Yeah, we was gettin' out of that district and headin' up towards Idaho but when we got out in the middle of that doggone Mojave Desert one of our mules was bit by a gila monster and we had to camp till he got able to travel' that was quite a while for them damned gila monster bites, even on mules, is painful as hell an' it takes them a long time to heal up an' git normal again.

“‘so, we picked out a grove of Joshua trees an' camped in it...of course we had a pretty good supply of water with us in our

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[How Salton Sea Was Caught]
Contributor Names
Bowman, Earl (Author)
Reece, Harry (Interviewee)
Created / Published
New York City, New York
Subject Headings
-  Anecdotes
-  Folklore
-  Pioneers
-  Narratives
-  United States -- New York -- New York City
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
MSS55715: BOX A720
Source Collection
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project
Manuscript Division
Online Format
online text

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The introduction was written by Ann Banks © 1980 and produced by Joanne B. Freeman. The sound recordings were produced by Joan Murphy Stack and engineered by Rob Attinello. The actors who read the manuscripts were Clement Cottingham, Billie Durand, George A. Jackson, Jr., Margaret Root, Edward S. Stout, and Edna Jeweline White.

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Bowman, Earl, and Harry Reece. How Salton Sea Was Caught. New York City, New York, 1939. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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