Henderson, Charles 1973-10-19

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Charles Henderson relates the history of his family with many interesting anecdotes. He discusses West Texas oil booms and agriculture, his oil drilling activities, and his attitude toward gambling.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Charles Henderson

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Date: October 19, 1973

Location: Brady, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family history related, Recurrence of the name "Charles" traced in genealogy, Grandfather’s settlement in Coleman County (1905), Parents’ history examined, Hospital at Santa Anna mentioned, Oil boom in Breckenridge-Albany area described, Early dam building with a "fresno" recalled (1921), Location of lost horses by fortune-teller remembered, Purchase of first tractor and refusal to sell horse noted, Present-day horse team farming cited, Recollections of the Depression.

Tape 1, Side 2: Cattle shoot program recalled, Theft and destruction of homestead cited, Recollections of parental discipline, Relation to Elkins family noted, Recalls rural school family moves, Terms of tenant farming agreement given, Early thresher machines and threshing routine examined, High school graduation and subsequent restaurant management and marriage recounted, World War II and business experiences told, Oil field experiences related, "Wildcat" discoveries mentioned.

Tape 2, Side 1: "Wildcat" oil discoveries (continued), Costs of oil drilling examined, Attitude toward Las Vegas gambling expressed, Story concerning a "Biblical" and "educational" deck of cards told, World War II poem read.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1905-c.1945

Bulk Dates: 1905-c.1945

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