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John Randall Peavey Oral History, 1981


Scope and Contents

John Randall Peavey (b. 12 Aug 1892, d. 3 Mar 1985), lawman and author of Echoes from the Rio Grande, was interviewed by Dr. Hubert J. Miller for the Pan American University Oral History Program.

Part 1. Over the course of two days, December 22-23, 1981, Peavey provides a brief history of his family, describes their relocation to the Valley from St. Louis, and discusses early agricultural and economic development, including farming, ranching, staple crops and Mexican labor.

Part 2. John Randall Peavey discusses his young adult days—his work as a cowhand, his eyewitness account of Joe Crixell’s murder, and the general atmosphere regarding politics and law and order in the valley in the early 1900s. He talks about the covert movement of the Hidalgo County seat, and instances of racial violence and unrest in Brownsville. Also discusses various instances of election fraud. Covers the 1905-1915 period and the coming of Mexican Revolution 1910-1916. WARNING: Repeated use of racial slur 00:31:00-00:38:00.

Part 3. In this interview Mr. Peavey discusses his experiences as a sheriff’s deputy and US army scout, as well as his impressions of the Mexican Revolution, the Plan de Santiago, and the various activities and motives of bandits on the border in the early 1900s. WARNING: Racial slurs at 00:36:27. Audio skip at 00:46:35.

Parts 4 - 9 (description pending)


  • 1981


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9 Items (This is a 9-part oral history interview.)

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Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Repository

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