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Miss Joe Rae Watson discusses the Watson home at 3003 19th Street in Lubbock, as well as her family.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Joe Rae Watson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 13, 1981

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Lady Brown

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family moves to Lubbock (Fall 1931), From Wilson, Oklahoma, Moved because of Texas Tech, Six children expected to go to college, Reasons for choosing Lubbock over Austin, Family home, Their first residence in Lubbock, Mr. Watson (father), Businessman, Watson Furniture Store building, Design, Family, Six girls and one boy, Brother (died, 1978), Mother (age at death), Sisters, Mrs. Oliver C. Thomas (Lubbock), Mrs. Vernon R. Turner (Lubbock), Mrs. Clint Herring (Post, Texas), Kaye (Los Angeles, California), Joyce (Shamrock, Texas), Degrees conferred upon children, Speech (oldest sister), English (Mrs. Herring), Business (brother), Speech (Mrs. Turner), Voice (Joyce), Marching and economics (Joe Rae), English (Kaye), Encouragement of girls to go to college, All girls worked, Miss Joe Rae Watson, Interest in music, Plays violin, Played with Lubbock Symphony, Miss Watson’s mother, Housewife, Taught school before married (1910-1911), Married (1912), Education, Indian Territory, Obtained teaching certificate, Schools, Origin of parents, Moved to Lubbock, Oldest daughter college age, Husband commuted from Oklahoma for one year, Sewing, Cooking, Visiting shut-ins, Family (again), Attended First Methodist Church, Joyce Watson, soloist, First Methodist Church, Original location, Watson Home, Built in 1928, Watsons bought it (1931), Nearest neighbors, Snyder home, Jameson home, Homes on 19th Street, Green home, House next to St. Mary’s (now Godbold Center), Neighborhood, Lake now a park, Two lane road, Schools in Lubbock (1931), Three grade schools, Thompson Junior High, Lubbock High School, Mrs. Watson attended Dupree, Anecdote about wanting to move to town, Neighborhood (again), Tech dairy cattle, Watson home in 1931, Dairy barn and cow lot in back when bought, Two-story garage, Changed to servants’ quarters and double garage, Laundry facilities, Domestic help, Bedrooms, Sleeping arrangements, Anecdote about Tech diploma, Depression, Transportation, Hobos came to beg for food, Flower garden, House (again), Father purchased house, Homes on Broadway replaced by churches, Mary Doak, English Professor at Tech, Curry Holden, First wife was an Indian, Daughter Jane friends with Miss Watson, Claudine Vail, Fourth grade teacher, Artist, Anecdote about writing sentences for punishment, House (again), Size, Number of rooms, Two stories, Garden room, Mother (died, 1980), Father (died, 1958), Number of people lived in house, Height of ceilings, Corner fireplace, Acquisition of house, Use of home, No curfew, Mother’s routine, House (again), Remodeling, Music room, Bedroom (1952), Birth of sister Kaye, Kaye wrote school songs.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1928-1981

Bulk Dates: 1931

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