Allman, Mr and Mrs William 1968-05-02

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The Allmans describe the life, work and good times in the Permian Basin oil field communities.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. William Allman

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Date: May 2, 1968

Location: Crane, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Castle Gap drilling camp in 1926 described, Brought water from Alpine, Texas, Describe housekeeping, Mention quail and lack of trees, McCamey, Texas, house, Story about bootlegger and Texas Ranger, Anecdotes and jokes, McCamey's wild early days and residents recalled, Amusements and community spirit, Drunken worker and his motherless children, Drilling around Crane discussed, Terminology defined, Dangers of poison gas, Rattlesnake outside of Sheffield, Texas, Jack Dempsey's former sparring partner, Ben Ray, Baths in drilling camp

Tape 1, Side 2: Anecdote and joke about a religious revival, Describes the hard work of oil drilling, Murder of a Filipino cook in Crane, Return to work done for W. F. Weakley near Odessa, Negro residents of Crane mentioned, Climate and duststorms discussed, Roads in Texas in the 1920s and move from Kansas described, Wink, Texas, high school football team praised, Relations with hitchhiking soldiers during World War II, Jokes and anecdotes, Philosophizing on childrearing, Poison gas mentioned again

Range Dates: 1926-1968

Bulk Dates: 1926-1968

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