Sawyers, Wilson and Sara 1982-02-08

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The Sawyers discuss their family histories and their lives in New Mexico, in addition to potash mining in the Carlsbad area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Sara & Wilson Sawyers

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 08, 1982

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Sara Sawyers, Born: Oklahoma (February 17, 1909), Parents, George Scott Ditzler, Fatie (?) Ditzler, Sisters (four), Death of baby sister, Father, oil field worker, To Indian Territory, Activities, Rig building (father), Land, Indian and white relations, Discrimination, Family, Automobiles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Paved road, Blue Ridge, Texas, Mexicans, Homestead in New Mexico (1907), Grandmother (physician), Dr. Hemphill.

Tape 1, Side 2: Sara Sawyers (continued), Grandmother (continued), Medical training (Iowa), Dr. Hemphill, Delivering babies, Medication, To Carlsbad, New Mexico (1920), Magazines, Ima, New Mexico, Telephone conferences, Ranch and farm community, Alamogordo Lake, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, Cliff dwellings, Silver City, New Mexico, Three Rivers, New Mexico, Indian rock pictographs.

Tape 2, Side 1: Wilson Sawyers, Electrician, Potash miner, Potash mines, Explosive potash, Depth of mines, Irrigation, Ana Cott, Potash mines, Soft crystals, World War II, United States Mines, 1941 International Mine, Mining crews, Air pockets, Surface work, 1930s Depression, Wages, East Texas oil boom, Sara Sawyers, Father, World War II establishment, Vietnam War, Son killed (1967), Observation planes.

Tape 2, Side 2: Roger Sawyers, "Happy Valley", Blue Bird Irrigation Company (1930s), Blue Bird Oil Company (1918).

Range Dates: 1909-1967

Bulk Dates: 1909-1940s

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