Cope, W O 1976-02-20

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W. O. Cope recalls his employment as a telegraph operator and agent with the Fort Worth and Denver Railway.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. O. Cope

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: February 20, 1976

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: Richie Cravens

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Birth, Early personal history, Railroad employment, Telegraph operator, Goodnight, Texas (1925), Shipping, Matador Land and Cattle Company, Cattle shipments, Stock supervision, Railroad, Estelline, Texas, Agent (1927)

Tape 1, Side 2: Charles Goodnight, Estelline, Texas, Railroad slang, Memphis, Texas (1930s), Description, Railroad employees

Tape 2, Side 1: Memphis, Texas (1930s), Section hands, Housing, Greer housing at junction points, Passenger use of trains, Freight use of trains, Cotton shipping, Dalhart, Texas, at outbreak of World War II, Troop trains, Labor problems

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Washburn, Texas (mid-1920s), Cock fighting, Childress, Texas, Shipments, Oil, Carbon, Walter Chrysler (1908), Mechanic, Later activities

Tape 3, Side 2: Tunnel near Caprock, Dalhart, Texas (World War II), Training site for gliders, War and wages, Wage freeze, Abilene, Texas, Agent, Boy's Ranch, Jenks Mode, superintendent, Anecdote

Range Dates: 1908-1976

Bulk Dates: 1908-1930s

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