Amis, Mr and Mrs C R 1968-07-28

From SWC Oral History Collection
Jump to navigation Jump to search

C. R. Amis and his wife recall the heyday of the West Texas mining town of Shafter, including technical information on mining and its history in that community.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Amis

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: July 28, 1968

Location: Gainesville, Texas

Interviewer: W. R. McLeroy

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: (Tape one: 1 hour, 30 minutes), Introductory remarks, McLeroy, Mrs. C. R. Amis, Listing of mining towns, Shafter, Texas - 1934, Mining positions held, Location and description, Housing, Town layout and Listing of citizens, Tennis court, Catholic church, Building, Death of deputy sheriff, Listing of Buildings and Citizens (continued), Camp atmosphere, Origins of miners, Recreation, Food, Cost of meat, Mail deliver, Groceries, First grocery and Drug stores, Social Life and Church, Dances, School, Term "Mexican", Mexican celebrations, Quoting of "Biography", Railroad stops, Cibolo River history, Nuns at Shafter, Church building, Ownership of town, Cantinas (?), School buildings, Teachers, Condition of roads, Newspaper, Location of cemetery, Sports, Present Shafter buildings, Present citizens, Climate, Knife incident

Tape 1, Side 2: Mr. Amis: Texas silver mining location, Shafter, Location, Mineral zone, Population - 1940, 1960, 1980, Highway service, Railroad shipping plant, Smelter - 1880s, Climate and Flora, Del Norte location, Historical significance, Fort Leaton establishment, Mining joke, First mining families, Spencer's discovery, Presidio Mining Co. and Cibolo Creek Milling and Mining Company, Ore Production history, Ore grinding methods, Years of production, Cyanidation plant, Years of operation, Unproductive years, Nationalities of labor, Wages, Cost of consumer items, Training Mexican miners, Stoke naming, Wetback incidents, "Spanish" diggings, Spencer biography, Freight route, Commanche Springs

Tape 2, Side 1: (Tape two: 1 hour), Conditions in mine - Shafter, Stoke type, Lime deposits, Depth, Production - tonnage, Description of interior, Water in mine, Shaft 9, Ore shipping points, Sample ore, Old survey accuracy, Error, Transporting ore, Donkey, Hand buckets (Windlasses), Carts, Aereo - Tramways - 1913, Crushing plant, History and types, Mill types, Capacity, Maximum tonnage output, Dry tons of concentrates, Precipitates, Average head, Rock formation types, Stratigraphic section of shaft region, Mineral types, Silver iodides and Bromides, Smithsonian incident, Listing of mineracs, Tail loss incidence, Filtrates, Tonnage milled - 1885-1926, Silver production

Tape 2, Side 2: Ounces of silver produced, Gold production - 1927-1940, Value of gold, Cash worth of silver, Lead production - pounds, Reasons for operation stoppage, Figuring profit, Drop in ounces per ton, Source of labor - 1934, Wages, Fringe benefits, Size of payroll, Number of workers

Range Dates: 1885-1968

Bulk Dates: 1885-1940

Access Information

Original Recording Format:

Recording Format Notes:


Thank you for your interest in this oral history interview. Our oral history collection is available to patrons in the Southwest Collection's Reading Room, located on the campus of Texas Tech University. For reading room hours, visit our website. Please contact Reference Staff at least one week prior to your visit to ensure the oral history you are interested in will be available. Due to copyright issues, duplications of our oral histories can only be made for family members. If an oral history transcript has been made available online, the link will be provided on this page. More information on accessing our oral histories is located here. Preferred citation style can be found here.