Buchanan, C E 2001-01-06

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Shorty Buchanan, a former cotton farmer, discusses his farming experiences as well as the changes in the cotton industry in the last century.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: C. E. "Shorty" Buchanan

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Date: January 6, 2001

Location: Plainview, Texas

Interviewer: Juan Riera

Length: 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Buchanan, Shorty, b. August 19, 1917, Canton, Texas, Cotton Farming, Cotton patches, Parents farming, Became a cotton ginner, The late harvests brought him west in the fall, The Bad Years, Weather, Cheap products, Insects, West Texas, Worked out west in the falls of 1940-1942, Moved in 1943, World War II, Prices, Vegetables, West Texas (again), Patch sizes, Differences in West Texas and East Texas farming, Volume, Weather, Business in the mid to late 1940s, 1947 was a good year, Sand storms, Working arrangements, Small salary, Land for his family, Farm in New Mexico, Did not go well, Bank Loans, Payments during the dry years, Irrigation Wells, Expense, Profitable, Retirement, Farmed until 1974, Sold the farm in 1981, Changes in cotton farming through the years, Irrigation, Fertilizer, Tractors, History of Farming, Mules, Schooling, Six-month schools, Changes in selling and shipping, Early days used samples to sell bales, Constantly changing, Cotton as a business, Past, Future

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1917-2001

Bulk Dates: 1940-1955

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