James “J. B.” Armstrong discusses how cowhands and cattle replaced the North American bison. He explains that work and pride allowed the young cowhand to keep doing a better job and that the nature of the work taught them lessons. Armstrong also discusses designing his own brand in 1906, and he describes the knowledge cowhands had of native plants and the weather. He recalls the cowhand diet in Texas consisting mainly of beef, sourdough biscuits, and beans, and he discusses cowhand attire. Armstrong recalls Easterners who tried to become cowhands as adults experienced difficulty because they hadn’t been raised in that way. He talks about present-day child rearing and offers parenting advice.
This audio has not been transcribed, but a tape counter index is available.
Cowhands; Amarillo, Texas; Pioneering; Montana; Parenting advice; Cowhand diet; Cattle brands; Cowhand knowledge; Armstrong, James Bell, 1888-1971; Cowboys -- West (U.S.) – Interviews; Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- Personal narratives; Cowboys -- West (U.S.) – History; Cowboys -- Material culture – History; Cowboys -- Clothing -- West (U.S.); Cowboys -- Food -- West (U.S.)
James Bell “J. B.” Armstrong Oral History Project, OH 034, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 tape counter index (4 p.: 28 cm)
Armstrong, James Bell, "James Bell "J. B." Armstrong Interview 10, 1957" (1957). James Bell “J. B.” Armstrong Oral History Project. 10.