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Document Details


Title: Clarence Wheeler
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department
Collection: United Indian Traders Association Oral History Collection
Description: When I was born, the blood that come into my heart and system and through my veins apparently had "Indian trader" written all over 'em, because that's the only thing I really ever wanted to do in my life. My grandmother started the thing off, and my grandparents, and then I picked it up from there. Out of high school, I went to Smith Lake, close to Crownpoint, New Mexico, was my first trading post. I worked for my brother-in-law, Charlie McGee, there at that trading post. I was there ten months, and I learned a lot about buying lambs, issuing credit, buying rugs. In those days, you bought rugs by the pound. You put 'em on the scale and you give 'em a flat price of $1.75 a pound, regardless of how good or how they was, that was the way you bought rugs then. We even started with the old SECO money. It had the Smith Lake Trading Post SECO money that was trade money. That was a type of credit that you let out--if you bought a rug or jewelry, you give 'em that. They traded it back, and you accepted it against merchandise or anything in the store.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Wheeler, Clarence, 1927-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 11-Oct-1927
Speaker place of birth: Colorado; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Tradesman
Age at speaking: 71
Document location: Farmington, NM
Document date: 10-Mar-1998
Interviewer: Cole, Brad
Organizations discussed: United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: American Indian; Commerce; Indian reservations; Indians of North America; Indians of North America--Commerce; Navajo Indians--United States; North America; Oral history; Trading posts; United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0026018-27970