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The speaker is an 83-year-old White man with a grade school education from Sterling, Colorado; he was recorded in 1967.



County: Logan
State: CO

Commentary:
Sterling is located in the northeast corner of Colorado, an area originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Blackfoot, Crow, and Arapaho. Situated on the Overland Trail, Sterling was settled by travelers hoping to set up ranching operations, which formed the local economy???s base (later coupled with the railroad, which arrived in 1881). In this segment the speaker talks about the different types of brands that mark ownership of cattle and horses.
Inf: Well, they were either letters, figures, or triangles or shapes, whatever thing fit [FW: Mm-hmm]. L.F. was an old outfit here, and the cross half-circle [FW: Mm-hmm] and the, uh, Pawnees??? a mule shoe bar [FW: Mm-hmm] and there???s, they???re to identify your cattle or horses. There???s no two???s recorded at the same, in the same county [FW: Mm-hmm]. It was, main thing was for id-, uh identification.

FW: Mm-hmm. Now I???ve heard of brands called like the lazy J. Uh, what???s a lazy J look like?

Inf: Well, it???d just be laying down, ???stead of standing up.

FW: I see.

Inf: The, it could be either way, the curve part ahead or back.

FW: Mm-hmm.

Inf: Could be either way.

FW: Well, what???s a crazy J, then?

Inf: Crazy J? [FW: Mm-hmm.] Well, it, I, I really don???t know, but, uh, we have right-handed slashes and left-handed slashes and the bar over or bar under [FW: Mm-hmm]. A brand and quarter-circles over, under [FW: Mm-hmm] or to the side. And uh, all kinds of, uh, miscellaneous brands. Hearts, triangles, fish, different [FW: Mm-hmm] shaped.

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