and Ralph E. Roberts for
Mary Celestia Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Collected by James Ward Lee Conversation with Leander Witt,
Mrs. Leander Witt, their son,
Mary C. Parler, and Joan
July 19, 1958
Reel 240, Item 7
He works at Famous Hardware.
At Famous Hardward?
His name — I can't-tell you his name, and I've heard it
too. I played with him over at Goshen Jamboree one
night, and he sang two or three of those old timers
Do you remember what some of them were?
I believe one of them was "The Dying Cowboy." That's a
real old cowboy song.
That's the one your father sang.
And he plays that old style guitar, too. He's not an
old guy but—
He plays the old- timer way— that's the way I like it.
(MCP plays tape of Haw Hunter singing "Sporting Holly")
That's an old timer.
Then you've heard that one before?
Yes. I've heard C. L. Wideman sing that several times.
Do you know when they had those parties up there in the
Plainview Schoolhouse? C. L. Wideman sang that two or
three times up there. We had a little music get-together
for two or three months.
Is he still around?
He still lives up there.
Where is that?
It's up by Plainview— Plainview Schoolhouse. If you were
going to find Plainview, you'd probably go to— well, let's
You'd go to Draketown
It's on 74 Highway— from here, the way the crow flies, it
wouldn't be more than about eight miles. But you'd have
to go twenty.
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