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Franklin Hill Harris reminiscence

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 844

Scope and Contents

This document is a handwritten account of an incident which probably happened in 1912. Harris had been hired by a cattleman named Bill McNew to dig two large holes on his ranch roughly sixty miles northeast of El Paso, Texas to catch rainwater to water his cattle. Harris received word that a man who herded goats would kill both him and McNew if the "tank" were excavated.

The two men were later confronted by Bob Waley and his wife who were both armed. The action of the incident is hard to follow because of illegible words in the original. The document is handwritten with soft lead pencil. Some of the writing has smeared making the reading of a number of the words very difficult.


  • 1937


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Franklin Hill Harris reminiscence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Harris was a railroad contractor in New Mexico.


1 item (2 p.)


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Franklin Hill Harris reminiscence
In Progress
Morgan Crockett
2010 July 21
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States