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The Ernest M. Hunt Family Film Collection, no. 8 - Rancho Feliz, 1943

Henry Rettig

Silent | 1943

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    This home movie from the Hunt Family Collection documents life on E.M. Hunt's Rancho Feliz in Berino, New Mexico, located just northwest of El Paso on the New Mexican side of the Texas-New Mexico border. Featured are the operations and activities of a working farm and ranch in the southwestern United States in the 1940s. Activities captured in the collection include the raising and harvesting of crops, especially pima cotton, and the rearing and maintenance of livestock, especially cattle, horses, and fowl. Often tractors and other farm machinery are used, but many of the farm chores are carried out by horse-drawn equipment. This film features October harvest time on the ranch, documenting the collection of several crops, but especially farm hands harvesting pima cotton, followed by its machine baling. Also of note is a trip to a turkey ranch and the skin of a large rattlesnake caught on the property.