Avary, J C 1981-04-01

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J. C. Avary discusses his family background and the early history of Ward County and Monahans.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J. C. Avary

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Date: April 1, 1981

Location: Monahans, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Born (July 21, 1915), Corbett Avary, father, Railroad section foreman, Texas Highway Department, Avary's Dairy (1920s), Monahans, Texas, Ranch land, Population, Oil discovery, Pyote, Texas, Rosa Harrison, mother, Oil drilling, Equipment, Pat Harrison, uncle, John Avary, grandfather, To Texas (1880s), Occupations, Ranching, Big Bend Country, Avary Development Company, Barstow, Texas, County sheriff (1894-1900), Corbett Avary, Land leasing, Mineral rights, Monahans, First water well, Crops, Shell oil, Storage tanks Water supply, 1930s Depression, W. P. A.

Tape 1, Side 2: Rosa Avary, Parents, Germania, Texas, Slaughter, Texas, Farming, Metz, Texas, Meningitis epidemic (1912), Marriage (1914), To Monahans (1925), Oil booms, Dairy, School, Cinder streets, Corbett Avary, Military bases, Funnel clouds, Monahans, Roses, Mesquite, Prickly pear, Railroad, Mexican laborers, Photograph

Tape 2, Side 1: Oil booms, Major oil companies, Rosa Avary, Father, Railroad employee, Entertainment, Ranchers, Railroad workers, Cattle shipping, Telephone service, Homesteaders, Monahans, Texas, Citizens, Businesses (1925), Barber shop, Holman Hotel, Marberry's General Store, Highway 80 completed, Barstow, Texas, Water supply, Ward County News, W. M. Townley, McElroy's rock quarry, Monahans, Oil Companies, Automobiles, Salaries (1900s), Childhood games

Tape 2, Side 2: Dances, Pyote, Texas, Dairy business, Bottles, Price wars, Monahans, Ward County Seat, County seat, Neighbors, Trust, Meat preservation (1920s), Hogs, Fences, Railroad locomotives, Fuel, Bill Kerr, King family

Range Dates: 1880s-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1880s-1930s

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