Franklin Hill Harris reminiscence

Franklin Hill Harris reminiscence

Dates: 1937

This document is a handwritten account of an incident which probably happened in 1912. Harris had been hired by a cattleman named Bill McNew to dig two large holes on his ranch roughly sixty miles northeast of El Paso, Texas to catch rainwater to water his cattle. Harris received word that a man who herded goats would kill both him and McNew if the "tank" were excavated. The two men were later confronted by Bob Waley and his wife who were both armed. The action of the incident is hard to follow because of illegible words in the original. The document is handwritten with soft lead pencil. Some of the writing has smeared making the reading of a number of the words very difficult.

  • Extent: 1 item (2 p.)
  • Creator: Harris, Franklin Hill, 1867-1947. -- McNew, William
  • Call Number: MSS SC 844
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Franklin Hill Harris reminiscence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 844; Franklin Hill Harris reminiscence; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 844, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Agriculture and Natural Resources; City and Town Life; New Mexico--History--Sources; Railroad engineers--New Mexico--Biography; Ranching; Social Life and Customs
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Harris (Franklin Hill) reminiscence
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Morgan Crockett
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:36-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Harris was a railroad contractor in New Mexico.

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