Blanton, Guy C 1985-04-30

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Guy C. Blanton relates his background in agriculture on the South Plains, including farming in the 1920s and the dairy industry, 1920-1985.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Guy C. Blanton

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: April 30, 1985

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, b: Williamson County, Texas, Parents: David and Katie Blanton, To Texas, Farming; Blanco County, Texas, To West Texas, Pampa, Texas, 1915, Panhandle, Texas, 1917, To Canyon, Texas, 1928, Farming, Reasons for move, Threshing grain, early 20th century, Father's threshing crew, Territory covered, Food served, Popularity of pork, Blanton family, Size, Death of father, circa 1942, Weather; 1919, 1925, and 1926, Drought, Wheat production, 1920s, Varieties planted, 1920s, Source of seed, Mechanization, Tractors purchased, circa 1920, Purposes served, Average yield, Effect of mechanization, Post World War I prosperity, Blizzard, 1918, 6666 Ranch, Education, High school; Panhandle, Texas, Transportation, Ford Roadster, Income, Texas Tech; 1926, Department of Dairy Industry, Kenneth R. Renter; Department head, 1927, Students' milk cows, Pasteurization and bottling, Students' milk cows (again), Lubbock Dairy industry; 1920s, Bell Dairy, Earl Collins, McElheny, Hoe, Small operators, Problems with raw milk, Refrigeration, Disease, Texas Tech; 1926 (again), Dairy manufacturing (again), Early activities, Students' milk cows (again), Housing, Feed, Livestock management program , Livestock owned

Tape 1, Side 2: Dairy manufacturing (again), Professor Kenneth Renter (again), To Pampa, Texas; 1930, Equipment, Quality control, Borden Company; Amarillo, Texas; 1930, Financial problems, Brooks Dairy; Denton, Texas, Summer job, Full-time employment, Anecdote: cleaning homogenizer, Pasteurization process, Ice cream, Milk, Brooks Dairy (again), Products, Source of milk, Farm Co-operatives, Paynes Creamery; Amarillo, Texas; 1936, Quality control problems, Coffee cream, Dairy industry on South Plains , Role of Dairies in survival of farmers

Tape 2, Side 1: Role of dairies in survival of farmers (continued), Lack of refrigeration, Windmill water for cooling, Marketing of dairy products, Butterfat content, Cram line, Technological advancement, Homogenization (1940s), Pasteurization (again), Butter manufacturing, Plainview Cooperative, Government involvement, Marketing, Swift and Company; Lubbock, Texas; 1930s, Other South Plains dairy manufacturers, Cheese manufacturing on South Plains, Ice cream, Freezing, Packaging, Processing, Changes; 1950s, Influence of Texas Tech , Agricultural reform; 1930s, Cow, sow, Changes in Dairy industry, 1930-1985, Processing, Packaging, Taste

Tape 2, Side 2: Taste (continued), Brands, Bell Ice cream; Lubbock, Texas, Earl Collins, Changes in dairy industry (again), Oleo margarine versus butter, Kraft products, J. Brian Stein, Texas Tech Dairy Program, Students in first three classes

Range Dates: 1905-1985

Bulk Dates: 1905-1950

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