Fair, Charles 1972-02-16

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Charles Fair relates facts and events from his life and career, including descriptions of the Ranger and Borger oil booms and the growth and development of Odessa.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Charles "Chick" Fair

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Date: February 16, 1972

Location: Odessa, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born in Dallas in 1900, Family background and education, Family pawn shop recalled, Experiences following the Ranger oil boom, Description of boom town conditions, Amateur boxing activities in post-World War I Dallas related, Mentions the Borger oil boom in 1926, Public demand for weapons and Pampa bank robbery cited, Recollection of murder and subsequent martial law

Tape 1, Side 2: Social disorder in Borger (continued), Remembers depression in Borger, Move to California in 1933, Work with highway department, Business experiences in California, Move to Odessa in 1937, Organization of Odessa Elks Lodge mentioned, World War II experiences related

Tape 2, Side 1: Interest in the development of a Texas Republican party examined, State and national political activity recalled, Mentions Eisenhower campaign, Appointment with post office blocked in 1957, World War II experiences continued from tape one, Describes early Odessa, Comments on Odessa-Midland rivalry and interdependence, Mention of Odessa citizens and prominent families, Courtship and marriages reviewed

Tape 2, Side 2: Prominent Odessa citizens listed, Discussion of Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Chuck Wagon, Regional economic development, Odessa citizens named, Story of investments in Idaho gold and copper mining company

Tape 3, Side 1: Story of Idaho investments continued from tape two

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1900-1957

Bulk Dates: 1900-1957

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