Laumbach, Casimiro "Ike"
Details consultant's days working on several ranches in New Mexico, including the Bell Ranch and the OX Ranch near Springer. Describes his childhood and memories of his father's ranch in the La Cinta Canyon area.
Tape 1, Side A
Laumbach describes various ranches he worked on and the people he worked for. He worked at the Bell Ranch, the OX Ranch, and the YNB Ranch. In addition to working with a branding crew, he also spent some time breaking horses for the Army cavalry. He was paid five dollars per horse. He attended the University of New Mexico in 1936 and 1937. He worked at Bell Ranch in 1938, running one of the bull camps. In 1939 he worked at the Bascom Ranch camp, which ran "weaner heifers."
Tape 1, Side B
Laumbach worked for Rio Grande Steel in California from 1940 to 1943, where he built airplanes. Some of the planes he built were used in the bombing of Tokyo. He returned to New Mexico in 1943 to work for several freight companies and retired from the freight business after thirty-five years.
Tape 2, Side A
Laumbach's dad had a lot of friends and was well known around the state. He recalls that at one point someone started putting in a game preserve on part of his Uncle Dan's ranch. Laumbach and his brother would do target practice on the preserve signs and tore them down as their dad had requested. The preserve eventually abandoned their efforts.