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Booker, John O. Jr.

Booker, John O. Jr.

Booker, John O. Jr.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Interview 224b:  In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, John Booker, Jr. reminisces about his time building roads and bridges at Boggy Slough and tells stories about his family’s interactions with those who lived and worked there.  Looking at 1926 and 1951 maps of the area, Mr. Booker talks about the landscape, the bodies of water and how they were dammed, and discusses the process for building roads through the forests.  He mentions Charlie Harber, Arthur Temple, Jr., J.J. Ray, the Silvers Family, and Don Kenley.  Mr. Gerland asks him about Black Cat Lake, cattle ranching, pasture riders, and the cowboys who once lived there.