Buchanan, John W 1969-11-11

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John W. (Buck) Buchanan, State Representative from the Dumas area, discusses his experiences in the Panhandle during the Depression, his ranching activities, his work for the Spearman Chamber of Commerce, the North Plains Water Conservation District, and his work in the Texas Legislature.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: John W. Buchanan

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Date: November 11, 1969

Location: Dumas, Texas

Interviewer: Fred A. Carpenter

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Father's parents, Mother's parents, Own parents, Buchanan's birth in a dugout in Eric, Oklahoma, Movement of Hansford, Texas, to Spearman townsite, Discusses his experiences during the depression, Government cattle killings in Panhandle, Buchanan's work for the WPA, Sand storms in the Panhandle during the depression, Working as a cowboy on Panhandle ranches, His own efforts at wheat and cattle business in New Mexico, His and wife's ranch management in the Panhandle, Discusses his work with the Spearman Chamber of Commerce, Discusses the problem over the use of natural gas on private property where the gas was found, Discusses the North Plains Ground Water Conservation District, Explains an underground water district, Origin in January 1955, Operations of the district

Tape 1, Side 2: Rate of usage of water, Powers of the district over the use of the water, Discusses the cattle "drift fence" built to keep northern cattle out of southern ranches during blizzards, Discusses his work in the Texas Legislature Committees that he served on

Range Dates: 1955-1969

Bulk Dates: 1955-1969

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