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C12 - 2/11/41 -Texas Folk stuff - Range Lore


Elizabeth Doyle

San Angelo, Texas.

RANGE-LORE "It is admitted by all that the movies have produced some wonderful horsemen but the master of them all was never filmed," so says the old timer in any crowd of rodeo fans. They hold one name over all others as the greatest bronc rider that America Has ever produced. Few people ever knew his real name which was Samuel Thomas Privett, but his nickname, "Booger Red" was famous and for a quarter of a century he was known to thousands as the greatest master of outlaw horses in America. He was born on a ranch near Dublin, Erath County, Texas, December 29, 1864 and as a youth seemed to possess all the vim, vigor, and vitality that makes the red-head outstanding. At the age of 10 he began riding wild calves on his father's ranch and by the time he was 12 years of age he was widely known as the Red-Headed Kid Bronc Rider and was already on the road to fame. He was the youngest of a large family and was always trying to imitate some stunt of his older brothers. In attempting to make his own fireworks on his 13th Christmas as he had seen others do, he and a pal crammed a lot of

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[Booger Red]
Contributor Names
Doyle, Elizabeth (Interviewer)
Privett, Mrs. Mollie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Folklore
-  Cowboy and Ranching Reminiscences and Lore
-  Horsemanship
-  Folkstuff
-  Range-lore
-  Booger Red
-  Narratives
-  United States -- Texas -- Coleman County -- San Angelo
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
MSS55715: BOX A734
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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Chicago citation style:

Doyle, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Mollie Privett. Booger Red. Texas, 1938. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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Doyle, E. & Privett, M. M. (1938) Booger Red. Texas. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Doyle, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Mollie Privett. Booger Red. Texas, 1938. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.