Chapman, B C and Mary 1987-10-29

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B. C. and Mary Chapman discuss their experiences in the practice of law in Haskell County, Texas, emphasizing the adjudication history of the 39th District Court.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: B. C. and Marcy Chapman

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Date: October 29, 1987

Location: Haskell, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Political offices held, Initial involvement in law profession, Walter R. Chapman, Land cases presided over, "Riverbed case" 1953, Issues involved, Attorneys involved, Issues involved (again), Decision, Attorney disagreements, Kent County oil boom, Types of cases originating in district, Compensation, Oil, Prohibition, Boot-legging, Background, Family history, Charles M. Chapman, District Land suits, Origination, District Judges, 39th District, W. R. Chapman, Dan Moody, B. C. Chapman, Charles Chapman, Nature of cases in District Courts, Changes over time, Prohibition, Legalization of alcohol, Oil development, Divorce law, Child support, Changes in law profession, Jury lawyers, W. R. Merkson, Tom Davis, Oratory talents, Public attraction, Fees charged, Early practice, 1930s, Depression era, Barter for groceries, Tom Carney

Tape 1, Side 2: Tom Carney (continued), Eviction case, Damages case, Probate cases, Precedent setting cases in 39th District, Mary Chapman's background, b: Haskell, Texas; 1908, Parents: R. E. Sherrill, To Haskell County; 1890, Hardware store/lumber yard, Construction business, Haskell buildings, Haskell, Texas; 1890, Ryus Springs, Changes of name, Hardware store (again), Accounting practices, Payment received, Credit, Saturday trips to town, Harvest time business, Agricultural labor, Advertisement, Trade territory, Precedent setting cases in 39th District, Stonewall County; Dental evidence, Grain elevator business, circa 1914, Description of elevator, Cooperatives, Sale of grain elevator, Haskell public schools, Community Gospel singings, Popularity, 1930s and 1940s, Shape-note music, Radio, Quartets, Popular songs, Decline in popularity, Denominational bent, Instruments used, Weather forecasting , Settlement of Haskell County, R. E. Sherrill's land purchases

Range Dates: 1953-1987

Bulk Dates: 1953-1987

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