Bunkley, Foster 1976-01-28

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Foster Bunkley, longtime banker and civic leader, recalls his family and the West Texas towns of Rayner, Haskell and Seymour.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Foster Bunkley

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Date: January 28, 1976

Location: Seymour, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family history, Father, John L. Bunkley, Move to Texas, Mother, Margaret Jane Yeary Bunkley, Marriage (March 15, 1887), Family history, Move to Rayner, Stonewall County, Texas, Move to Haskell, Texas (1891), Father became doctor, Move to Seymour, Texas (1894), Family recollections of Haskell, Texas (1891-1894), Father's siblings and their families, Education, First teachers, Grades 8-college in Waco, Texas, Graduate, Baylor University (1912), Brother, Dr. Thelbert Bunkley, Scott and White Hospital, Employment history, Dry goods store, Seymour, Texas, Gass Dry Goods Store, Abilene, Texas, Farmer's National Bank (1915 or 1916-1918), Army service (90th Division), Discharge (1919), Return to Farmer's National Bank, Married Mabel Lively (1920), Family business, First Garrity State Bank closure (1930), L. D. Jones, business partner (1931-1973), Civic organization memberships and honors, Organization of Chamber of Commerce, Location of early records, Activities, Work with Masons, Work with City Council (1930-1932)

Tape 1, Side 2: Writing of book about family and Seymour, Texas, area, Family activities in Seymour, Texas, Recollection of century change, "Shooting anvils", Railroads in early Seymour, Texas

Range Dates: 1887-1973

Bulk Dates: 1887-1930s

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