Abbe, Mildred 1981-03-22

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Mildred Abbe reminisces over her childhood in Chicago, Illinois, and her adult life in both Lubbock and Tahoka, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mildred Abbe (Mrs. Robert Abbe)

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: March 22, 1981

Location: Tahoka, Texas

Interviewer: Sally Abbe

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born in Chicago, Illinois, moved to Lubbock 1951, Early impressions of Lubbock, Home on Thomas Avenue, Cultural adjustment, Stubbs Elementary, Driving, Shopping area on 34th Street, Lack of Bakeries, Food, Ethnic diversity, Bigotry, Desegregation, Lubbock, Schools, 1950s-1960s, Stubbs Elementary, again, Coronado High School, Monterey High School, Robert Abbe, Petroleum industry, Well servicing company, Failure of business, Competition, Accounting, Firm, Independent operation, Office buildings, Sale of office, Lubbock, Texas; 1950, Southwest area, 34th Street, 50th Street, Slide Road, Preston Smith properties, Drive In, Problems living outside city limits; Westmoreland area, General lack of services, Water supply, City annexation of area, Lack of public transportation, Cultural activities, or lack thereof, Texas Tech museum, Entertainment, Transportation problem, Weather, compared to Chicago, First impression, Tornadic activity, Snow, Drought and dust, Westmoreland water supply, Borrowing irrigation water, Economic climate, Confederate view of Northerners, Schools, Texas Tech University, Public schools, Move to Tahoka, Texas; 1965, Reasons for move, Purchase of tax practice,

Tape 1, Side 2: Tahoka, Texas; 1965, Friendliness of citizens, Business climate, School, Difference from Lubbock, Agricultural emphasis, Community activities, Study club, Garden club, Library Board, Library, Senior Citizens organization, Programs provided, Funding, Scouting, Family Background, Parents, Father, German ancestry, Mother, German/Dane ancestry, To Chicago, Illinois, Cultural diversity, Language, World War I, Suspicion of German people in Chicago, Father's newspaper publication, Religion, Swedish Baptist Church,

Range Dates: 1914-1981

Bulk Dates: 1914- circa 1970

Access Information

Original Recording Format: one cassette tape

Recording Format Notes: patron use audio CD

Transcript: no

External Links

Mildred Abbe papers in the Southwest Collection

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