Schlabs, Charles 1974-06-06

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Charles Schlabs, Hereford farmer and manager of the production and marketing of the Schlabs plow packer, discusses his manufacturing and farming operations.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Charles Schlabs

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 06, 1974

Location: Hereford, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, early life, Irrigation, siphon tubes noted, Potato farming recalled, Early use of DDT noted, Attitudes toward farm chemicals related, Entomology service cited, Farm labor discussed, Changes in vegetable processing examined, Discussion of development of a plow packer, Function of "packer" explained, Patent and commercial development examined, Unexpected marketing success in sandy areas related, Farming operation discussed.

Tape 1, Side 2: Co-op activities, crop insurance discussed, History of area National Farm Organization mentioned, Status of vegetable mechanization, Plentiful labor supply claimed, Use of World War II prisoners in farming noted, Manufacturing and farming operations discussed, John Deere’s interest in the Schlabs patent and reasons for rejection of John Deere’s proposal noted, Concern for water depletion, water conservation discussed.

Range Dates: 1920-1974

Bulk Dates: 1920-1950s

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