Bowman, David Dell 1958-06-27

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David Dell Bowman, a retired farm superintendent for the Texas Land and Development Company, describes some of his duties and the company’s operations and personnel.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: David Dell Bowman

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Date: June 27, 1958

Location: Plainview, Texas


Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Describes meeting Captain Winfield Holbrook in Penrose, Colorado, 1909 or 1910, Tells anecdote about introducing Holbrook to his wife, Gives further autobiographical data, Holbrook brought Bowman to Texas in 1919 as a farm superintendent, Holbrook managed land company with holdings in Hale, Floyd and Swisher Counties, Bowman Managed 73 farms north of U. S. Highway 70

Tape 1, Side 2: Describes work and compensations, Lists cars furnished, Mentions money responsibility, Notes lease agreements and qualifications for tenants, Salary discussed, Mentions personal farm affairs near Plainview, Texas, Characterizes Holbrook as kind, fair, learned, States that the company treated employees well, Fred Lowe, fellow supervisor, mentioned, Accounts for growth of Lubbock and Amarillo over Plainview, Assesses the company's role in land development, Difficulty with "selling" irrigation, Details tenants' main crops - cereals, Company's experiments with flax, sugar beets, potatoes, peas noted, Typifies wheat farmers of area, Discusses possibility of growing fruit in Panhandle - South Plains area, Tells anecdote about fruit trees and tenant, Nursery business in Plainview mentioned, Discusses Holbrook again

Range Dates: 1909- c. 1925

Bulk Dates: 1909- c. 1925

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