Andrews, Curcy 1986-12-16

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Curcy Andrews reminisces about experiences in agriculture in both East and West Texas, with emphasis upon cotton production, as well as early South Plains life in Anton, Littlefield and Lubbock.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Curcy Andrews

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Date: December 16 and 22, 1986

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 3 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Andrews, Curcy, Biographical information, b. October 12, 1911, Parents: Henry D. Andrews and Lula A. Andrews, Background, Sawmill work, Railroad work, Fresnos, East Texas farms, Move to West Texas, Reasons for, C. W. Post land, Levelland, Texas, Red cat claw land, Sandhills, Soil types, Trip to West Texas, Immigrant cars, Littlefield farm, Breaking out, Halsell ranch land, Anton, Texas, Higginbotham-Bartlett, Schools, Consolidation in Amherst, Texas, Acquiring land, Terms, Good years and bad, Livestock, Hogs, Plainview, Breed, Chickens, Hogs (again), Breeds and traits, Hog killing time, Meat preparing

Tape 1, Side 2: Littlefield farm (continued), Livestock (continued), Beef preparation, Sharing with neighbors, County Agents, Education efforts, Sugar curing, Pressure-cooking, Canning clubs, Water, Windmills, Tubs, Making soap, Washing clothes, Hog killing time (again), Details, Gender specific tasks, Sausage, Move to West Texas (again), Shipping goods and livestock, West Texas farm life, Cotton production, Wheat production, Farm sales (giving up), Reasons for, Sandstorms

Tape 2, Side 1: West Texas farm life (continued), Farm sales (continued), Reasons for (continued), Sandstorms (continued), Neighboring, Origins, Advantages of West Texas land, Labor, Tenancy, Class distinctions, Laborers, Sharecropping, Getting started, Opportunity in West Texas, Shotgun houses, Terrain, Sandhills, Recreation, Soil qualities, Trees, Earth, Texas, Yellowhouse Ranch Headquarters, Sandstorm Thanksgiving 1926, Effect on cotton, Causes, Lessons learned, Government farm education, Marving Jones, Literature, Mules/horses, Performance, Mechanization, Grain production, Martin maize,

Tape 2, Side 2: Grain production (continued), Martin maize (continued), Corn, Types and characteristics, Livestock care, Grain (again), Types and characteristics (again), Harvesting, Drought, Lessening effects, Tractors, Salesmen, Farm demonstrations, Grain (again), Types and characteristics, Old Lubbock downtown, Curcy Andrews, Work at Martin Baking C. 1930, R. H. Martin on Lubbock early days, Fred Harvey chef, First railroads

Tape 3, Side 1: Mules/horses (again), Henry Andrews - trading mules, Effects of mechanization, Use in farming, South Plains Agriculture, Subsistence to commercial, Mechanization, Homemade cotton stripper, Hoeing vs. chopping, Cotton, Crop prices, 1920s and 1930s, Weather, Livestock, Farmers' progress, Dairy operations, Hogs, Cotton harvest (again), West Texas reputation, Laborers, Transportation, Laborers (again)

Tape 3, Side 2: South Plains agriculture (continued), Cotton harvest (again), Laborers (again), East Texas' perceptions of West Texas, Compared farming practices, Cotton harvest (again), Pulling / picking, Laborers (again), East vs. West Texas farming (again), Littlefield farm(again), Lubbock - 1930, R. H. Martin bakery (again), Movies, Neighboring, South Plains agriculture (again), Milking, Livestock, Bakery (again), Effect of Depression

Range Dates: 1865-1986

Bulk Dates: 1920s-1930s

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