Ritchie, Aubrey 1982-09-08

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Aubrey Ritchie discusses life on his farm, livestock, and the changes brought by electricity and mechanization.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Aubrey Ritchie

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 08, 1982

Location: Close City, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1:Family history, Birthdate, Parents, Origin, Marriage, Farming (1916), Crops, Sugar cane, Goose-neck maize, Syrup production, Influenza (1918), Treatment, Deaths, Migration to West Texas, Wagons, Travel time, Sandstorm, Livestock, Mules vs. horses, Plowing.

Tape 1, Side 2: Farm home, Location (1922), Area farmed, Previous structures, School building, Brothers and sisters, Land sales, Mortgages, Irrigation wells (1946), Will Williams, Raising chickens, Egg sales, Area marketers, Trade Day (Saturday), Grocery purchase, First Monday, Animal trade, Auction rings (1930s).

Tape 2, Side 1: Hog industry, World War II, Dairy cattle, Mechanization, Tractors, Reliability, Electricity (1941), Installation, Problems, World War II, Crop prices, Farming, Governmental role, Advantages, Pesticide use (1930s), Leaf Worm, Dusting machine, Arsenic.

Tape 2, Side 2: Pesticide use (continued), Fruit trees, Peaches, Apples, Insects, Grasshoppers, Musical instruments, Fiddle, Guitar.

Range Dates: 1916-1982

Bulk Dates: 1916-1945

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