Addison Mr and Mrs Fred 1971-07-10

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The Addisons discuss living conditions during and prior to the Depression and the government cattle killing program of the 1930s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Addison

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Date: July 10, 1971

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: Harry Krenek

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Price of cattle in 1935, Mr. Addison's early life recalled, Marriage to Mrs. Addison, Early jobs discussed, Mr. Addison's farming career, Crops raised, Describes making soap and mattresses, Story of cow in his corn, Various moves in search of work, Loss of several crops caused by severe weather conditions, Farming in northeast Texas, Incident involving debt to landlord, Recalls cotton prices in 1923, Other sources of income described, Feeding other people in exchange for work, Mr. Addison's brother characterized, Describes trip in a covered wagon

Tape 1, Side 2: Cattle shoot of the 1930s, Hauling the cattle to slaughter points, Method of killing cattle, Price paid by government, Skinning the cattle, Favorable attitude of people toward program, Prices during the Depression recalled, Cattle shoot, again, Procedure used by the government to organize the shoot, Advance notice of the shoot given, Presence of flies, Sharing of meet (not cattle shoot meat) among the neighbors, Cattle shoot, again, Use of the meat prohibited, Addisons canned some meat illegally, Price of the hides, Depression of the 1930s discussed, Recalls struggle to support a family, Lack of stealing and other crime, Mr. Addison's opinions concerning racial equality, Mr. Addison's political opinions

Range Dates: 1923-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1923-1930s

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