Bailey, Orville 1973-05-29

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South Plains cotton ginner Orville Bailey discusses his career. Especially noteworthy are his comments on the Plains Cotton Growers and the National Cotton Council.

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Interviewee Name: Orville "Sleepy" Bailey

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Date: May 29, 1973

Location: Roundup, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Early life, family background, Work with Continental Gin Company described, Conversion of round bale press recalled, Entry into ginning business in 1944, Effect of mechanical harvesting on ginning related, Origin of Plains Cotton Growers discussed, Gin services to farmers cited, Texas Tech's program in gin engineering mentioned, Pink bollworm controversy examined, Centralized ginning explored, Pfeiffenberger's (Plains Cotton Growers) achievements reviewed, Problems with Texas cotton cited

Tape 1, Side 2: Work with National Cotton Council, Conflicts between various interests on the National Cotton Council, Cotton "parity" discussed, Function of Cotton Council recalled, Function of Plains Cotton Growers discussed, Mechanical cotton classing examined, Growth of synthetics and loss of cotton markets in automobiletire industry discussed, Speculation on effect of oil shortage on cotton markets, Origin of Lubbock ginning lab recalled

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