Oral Histories

This Oral History Collection consists of audio recordings of oral histories and interviews as well as recordings of public events. Many Bosque County natives have recorded oral histories of their life while growing up in Bosque County.

These recordings were originally on cassette and reel-to-reel tape. Thanks to the efforts of Bill Duncan, many of our oral histories have now been digitized and are presented here. Use the play icons below to listen (you must have a browser that is capable of understanding HTML5). Please keep in mind that these recordings belong to and are copyrighted by the Bosque County Historical Commission and may not be used elsewhere except with the written permission of the Bosque County Historical Commission.

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Speaker Subject Length ID Code

Retired Teachers Talks
Talks Honoring Superintendents, Packs, Day, Appleby, Nutt, Raley 0:28:52 OH-0002a

Torrence, Elizabeth at Retired Teachers Talks
Jane Long, Elizabeth Barnes, Dr. James Long, Capt. Samuel Barnes 0:23:45 OH-0002b

Lane, Creola & Ragsdale, Norene & Bettis, Lottie
Mosheim/Oak Creek, Union Hill & Cove Springs Schools 0:47:01 OH-0003a

Conley, Elizabeth & Charles
WW I Experiences & Railroad, Iredell 1:03:40 OH-0004ab

Bell, W. T. & Cleve & Maude
Early Times in Jasper County 0:53:31 OH-0006ab

Simpson, Leonard & Nowlin, Gordon interviewed by Gordon Nowlin
Conversations, Old Ranching Family 1:09:35 OH-0007a

Veteto, Joe & Nowlin, Gordon
Life & Times in Bosque County 0:15:27 OH-0008a

Robinson, Mrs. Omar
Family, Life & Times 0:04:37 OH-0009a

Cole, Mrs. W. H.
Meridian College & her Life & Times 0:33:31 OH-0010ab

Paulson, Mrs. Selma Amundson interviewed by unidentified
Family, Life & Times 0:31:13 OH-0011a

Torrence, Iva Pool
Pool Cemetery 0:24:18 OH-0012

Speer, Mrs. Birdie
Family History 0:38:55 OH-0013a

Simpson, Leonard & Nowlin
Conversations, Life and Times, Old Ranch Families (original and uncut) 0:56:19 OH-0014a

Pool, William C.
Program, Courthouse (Part of tape is no good) 0:22:42 OH-0016a

Conrad, Mrs. Josie Rhodes of Meridian, TX. interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Cyclone in Chase Community 1924 0:37:45 OH-0017ab

Morman, Mrs. Alma interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Teacher of a One Teacher School Center Hill (Boxy 1926) 0:14:14 OH-0018a

Roberson, Bob Pool interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Memories of Center Point School 0:16:17 OH-0019a1

Fallis, Jasper 'Jap' (1898-1992) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Life and Times 0:35:23 OH-0019b

Ficklin, Mrs. Zula Odle (1894-1992) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Life and Times, School 0:23:33 OH-0020a

Sanders, Mrs. Alisse Shelton (1903-1994) & Mary Joe Hedrick (1901-1986) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
James Buckner 'Buck' Barry and Family 0:14:03 OH-0022a

Fallis, Jasper 'Jap' (1898-1992) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Charlie 'Wild Horse' Hughes 0:23:48 OH-0023a

Olsen, Palmer H. (1894-1994) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Fishing Experience 1905 0:05:27 OH-0024a1

Helm, Mrs. Lena Snell (1894-1994) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Life & Times 0:15:16 OH-0024a2

Vickrey, Stella (1891-1988) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Family, Life & Times 0:24:31 OH-0024a3

Brewer, Mrs. Lola Bradstreet (1888-1987) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Life & Times in Bosque County 0:16:06 OH-0024b

Jordan, Johnnie M. (1896-1988) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Isaac Gary & early Meridian, Life and Times, Baptist preacher 0:22:22 OH-0025a

Shipman, Mrs. Laura Massey (1880-1973) and Mrs. Mozelle Davidson Hensley (1903-1999) interviewed by Jim Sweeney
Life and Times, Walnut Springs of early 1900s 0:28:34 OH-0026a1

Avirett, Robert R. 'Bob' (1918-1995) interviewed by unidentified
Life & Times in Bosque County 0:30:48 OH-0027a

Anderson, George W. (1892-1988) interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Childhood in Harmony Community; Murder of Edna Kellersberger by Nora Bosche and subsequent trial 0:28:38 OH-0028a

Schow, C. E.
Dr. Van Goodall 0:45:47 OH-0029a1

Redder, Al of Waco, TX.
Bob Veteto Speaks with Al Redder on the General Archaeology around Smith Bend 0:09:23 OH-0030a

Smith, Doug of Houston, TX.
Family at Smith Bend 0:21:20 OH-0030b1

Gouldman, James of Houston, TX.
Family at Smith Bend 0:06:47 OH-0030b2

Ramsey, Mary Butler
Life and Times - the Butler family in early 1900s Clifton 0:57:31 OH-0031ab

Cates, Lila Veteto of Lufkin, TX.
Smith Family History; Smith Bend Community 0:11:00 OH-0032a1

Burrus, Florrie of Goldthwaite, TX.
Smith Family History; Smith Bend Community 0:05:56 OH-0032a2

Redder, Al of Waco, TX.
Geology of Smith Bend - conversation with Bob Veteto 0:04:42 OH-0032a3

Hill, Lois of Waco, TX.
Smith Family History; Smith Bend Community 0:06:06 OH-0032a4

Redder, Al of Waco, TX.
Horn Shelter; Interviewed by Bob Veteto 0:24:46 OH-0032b

Taylor, Vivian Barnes interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Life and Times by Granddaughter of Sam Barnes 0:14:16 OH-0033a

Reinhardt, Virginia Hearne of Albemarle, NC.
Hearne Family of Smith Bend Community; Interviewed by Bob Veteto 0:24:57 OH-0034a

Smith, L. C. of Sealy, TX.
Smith Family, Ferries of Smith Bend Community; Interviewed by Bob Veteto 0:26:22 OH-0034b

Womack, R. C. of Smith Bend Community
History of Smith Bend Community; Interviewed by Bob Veteto 0:27:12 OH-0035a

Hopkins, Mrs. Etoile of Forest, MS.
(Anderson?) Smith Family, Smith Bend Community; with Bob Veteto 0:07:25 OH-0035b

Hill, Lois & Hansel of Waco, TX.
Name and Date Inscriptions from Smith Family Grave Markers in MS 0:04:12 OH-0036a1

Hill, Lois & Hansel of Waco, TX.
Smith Bend History - old general store and gin; Smith family 0:08:25 OH-0036a2

Smith, L. C. of Crosby, TX. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Smith Family of Smith Bend Community History 0:03:03 OH-0036b1

Smith, Chesley of Sealy, TX. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Smith Family and Early Smith Bend Community History 0:38:12 OH-0036b2

Hill, Sybil of Hill County, TX. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Smith and Horn Families; Smith Bend Community 0:57:18 OH-0037a

Hill, Lois & Burrus, Florrie in Waco, TX. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Smith and Butler Families 0:37:57 OH-0037b

Olsen, Palmer H. interviewed by Elizabeth Torrence
Spanish-American War Days in Clifton (1899) 0:08:43 OH-0038a

Rowe, Thelma Ruth of Cleburne, TX. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Smith Family & Pictures; Smith Bend Community 0:05:56 OH-0039a1

Bonds, Marguerite of Coon Creek Community interviewed by Bob Veteto
History of Smith Bend Community 0:14:36 OH-0039a2

Harris, L. W. (Pete) of Baytown interviewed by Bob Veteto
Smith Bend Community History & Family 0:34:00 OH-0039a3+39b

Lomax, John T.
Courthouse Water Trough; John A. Lomax (Uncle) 0:04:46 OH-0040a

Chase, Ruth Smith of Houston, TX. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Smith Family, Smith Bend 0:30:46 OH-0041a1

Arnold, Effie Smith of San Antonio, TX. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Family History - Smith, Veteto 0:27:46 OH-0041b

Mims, Nancy of Edgefield, SC. interviewed by Bob Veteto
Family History - Smith, Veteto 0:10:53 OH-0043a1

Ford, Mary Lou of Iredell, TX. interviewed by Jim Sweeney
Life and Times 0:25:54 OH-0044a1

Torrence, Elizabeth
Life and Times in Bosque County 0:24:30 OH-0045a

Aars, Hulen C.
Life and Times; History of Clifton 0:39:16 OH-0045b

Olsen, Palmer H.
Memory Corner Drug & Brooks Bldg. 0:12:51 OH-0061a

Wilson, Jay
WW II Experiences 0:25:02 OH-0096b

Olsen, Palmer H.
Cotton Picking (1906) 0:07:07 OH-0105b

Lomax Part III 1995
Lomax Gathering 0:46:53 OH-0113a

Cranfill, M. M. & Whittington, Gail
Sam Cranfill 0:36:17 OH-0131a

Martin, Bernay
Chisholm Trail & Kimball 0:05:34 OH-0132a

Stempler, Fran
Oral History 0:08:49 OH-0133a

White, Frank
Interview 0:47:48 OH-0134a