DARE Interview : Okeechobee, Florida; Primary Informant FL035

  • 1966
  • Informant Data:
  • FL035: White; male; age: 73 (old); education: grade school; community type: village
  • Media Files:
  • Arthur the Rat. Speaker: FL035 (5:06) [Some background kitchen noise]
  • Full Interview 1 (Tape 0270-S1). [Additional speakers: Informant's wife?]
  • Content:
  • 00:20 Family moved to area to raise cattle, used to all be open range. Father was first tax assessor of Okeechobee County
  • 06:10 After war he went into local politics, got father's old tax assessor job in 1924. Involved in program to eliminate fever ticks after that
  • 11:00 Deer hunting to eradicate the ticks, sending various deer parts to Tallahassee
  • 16:45 Hunted with crews on horseback, and on foot in Everglades. Go out for a week or two at a time
  • 21:45 Buildup of Florida cattle, expansion of citrus acreage since 1955
  • 25:25 Involved as a foreman with WPA cattle co-op, helping them get organized
  • 30:30 Land boom and bust in 1920s, current boom hasn't busted, yet
  • 33:35 Tape end
  • Full Interview 2 (Tape 0270-S2). [Additional speakers: Informant's wife?]
  • Content:
  • 00:10 Development of tourism, but Okeechobee does not have tourist attractions. Peaceful place, though
  • 04:40 Changes in voting districts ordered by Supreme Court offend him, lost voting power
  • 07:00 Arthur the Rat
  • 12:00 Reflections on religion, changes made by the young
  • 13:05 Tape end
  1. Arthur the rat

  2. Full interview 1

  3. Full interview 2


Porter, Ruth
  • 1966
  • Dictionary of American Regional English
  • English
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