The speaker is a 69-year-old White man with a grade school education from Medora, North Dakota; he was recorded in 1966.
|Inf: I'm an old, broken-down cowboy. I, I was born here at Medora, North Dakota, 1897. I've never left here for any length of time. My mother come here in '82 when the railroad come, and I would consider myself an old-timer. I uh, done quite a little cowboyin' in my life. In fact, it's all I've ever done, far as workin' on ranches, or workin' for myself, I, I never done any farmin' or any other operation, only ranchin', an', well more or less in a small way, but I done it ever since I was a little boy. And I was fairly capable on the range horseback up until one year ago. We live in a pretty good cattle country out here on the Little Missouri River in Roosevelt's territory -- Teddy Roosevelt's. I live three miles from his home-headquarter ranch, Maltese Cross Ranch. I seen Teddy Roosevelt twice in my life, but I was a green country kid, I stayed away from him, I thought he might bite me. Well, I never got rich in the ranchin' business, but then I liked it, been successful enough. I guess I got what money I need.|