Burkholder, Ralph 1973-09-20

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Ralph Burkholder, farmer in the Pecos area for many years and former director of the Trans-Pecos Cotton Association, discusses his many activities in the cotton industry and labor problems in that industry.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ralph Burkholder

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Date: September 20, 1973

Location: Pecos, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Gives background information, Was born in Iowa in 1904, Family migrated to Texas in 1912, Description of country then, Discusses schooling, Started farming after high school, Ranch in New Mexico leased, In 1926 began work in oil fields, Returned to Pecos area in 1931, Worked in filling station, In 1934 elected as commissioner of Foard County, Describes his farming adventures, Machinery business noted, Comments on growth of Pecos after World War II, O. B. Johnson started cotton farming, Financing for growth in Pecos came from Anderson Clayton, Trans Pecos Cotton Association mentioned

Tape 1, Side 2: Business in real estate deals remembered, Continues discussion of Trans Pecos Cotton Association, Main problem confronted with is labor, Talks about Braceros, Trips to Washington, D. C., explained, Voices opinions on labor problem in cotton industry, Bracero system recounted

Tape 2, Side 1: Discusses his children and their employment, Texas Employment Commission presented no problem to cotton industry, Comments on Labor Department, Anecdotes about Mexicans told

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1912-1973

Bulk Dates: 1912-1930s

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