Cline, Lloyd 2000-05-10

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LloydCline talks about his life growing up on a cotton farm near the community of Key, Texas. He tells about his work history from high school throughout his adult life, his buying and selling land around Lamesa, Texas, his accomplishments as mayor of Lamesa, and his experiences working with the National Cotton Council.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lloyd Cline

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: May 10, 2000

Location: Lamesa, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Cline, Lloyd

Born at home in Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas


Luches O. Cline, originally from New Mexico


G. E. (Jack) Cline, from Ellis County, Texas

Parents met and married in Lamesa, Texas

Maternal grandparents lived in Lamesa, Texas

Father (again)

Moved to Lamesa, Texas with his parents – 1917

Reason for moving to Lamesa, Texas

Life-long cotton farmer

Cline, Lloyd (again)

Raised on a farm near the community of Key, Texas until 1947

Married in 1947


Joleen McCaslin (?) from McCarty (?) community

Description of the Key community

The caprock as a major geological divide

Finding Indian artifacts near the farm in Key, Texas

Farm’s location on the edge of the caprock

Difficulty father and grandfather encountered plowing virgin land

Farming equipment

Childhood experiences farming cotton

Size of father and grandfather’s farm

Amount of farm in cultivation

Difference in amount of farm land in cultivation today

Amount of farm in cultivation (again)

Wildlife around the farm

Problems with wild hogs

Listing of wildlife


Childhood duties on the farm

Started work in the fields at 5 or 6 years old

Working in the Cotton gin

Differences in harvesting and ginning cotton today

Childhood duties (again)

Picking cotton

Heading maze

First cotton harvesting machine – a slide

Description of how the slide operated

First cotton stripper and how it operated

Problems with rubber tires on tractors

Scattering burrs in the field

First tractor with rubber tires

Used in conjunction with horses

Animals raised on the farm and their uses


Raising everything family and animals ate

Selling cotton to buy other necessities

Mother making nearly all the clothing

Listing of vegetables grown in the garden

Early childhood memories of the 4th of July


School let out every year for cotton picking

Not strict about attendance when kids were needed to help at home

Went to elementary school in the Key community

Rode the bus to Lamesa, Texas for high school – graduated in 1946

Took post graduate courses at the high school in typing and bookkeeping

Going to work in Lamesa, Texas after getting married

Working in a grocery store

Learning to butcher

Progression of jobs in the grocery store

Changing jobs from the grocery store to the bank

Job security in banking

Difficulties with changing jobs

Tape 1, Side 2: Difficulties with changing jobs (again)

Progression of jobs in banking

Description of posting ledgers with a posting machine

Progression of jobs in banking (again)

Continuing education at LSU while working

Buying bank stock

Supplementing bank salary with outside income

Running concession stands at sports events

Buying peanut machines

Renovating old houses for rental property

Buying bank stock (again)

Description of the method used in purchasing land

Began by trading home for a farm and buying it back

Choice of property locations and why

Pros and cons of properties being close together

Banking jobs (again)

Retired as Chairman of the Board after 44 years at the bank

Advantages as a supervisor of having held numerous banking positions

Lessons learned in banking that carried over into farming

Working in the cotton gin (again)

How previous jobs, especially banking, helped in working the National Cotton Council Benefits of starting at the bottom and working up

Hidden advantage of not having connections

Progression of involvement in the cotton industry

1982 elected chairman of the Texas Cotton Producers Association

First meeting attended at the National Cotton Council

Acceptance of the Texas delegation

Texas delegation as a radical group

Texas cotton was considered “junk” cotton

Description of “junk” cotton

Setting the goal of improving the image of West Texas cotton

Progression of work with the National Cotton Council

Working from the bottom up

Importance of negotiation and compromise

Being the mayor of Lamesa, Texas for 11 years – 1960’s into 1970’s

Contacts made during those years

Contacts made while working with the National Cotton Council

Advice received from George Mahon

Challenges and successes as president of the National Cotton Council Board

1985 Farm Bill

Segments of the cotton industry

Tape 2, Side 1: Challenges and successes as president of the National Cotton Council Board (again)

Large group with diverse opinions

Negotiations after hours

How to handle a stale-mate in negotiation

Upgrading West Texas cotton

Setting up a cotton classing office in Lamesa, Texas

Closing the sub-offices

Politics involved in upgrading the classification of cotton

Procedure for passing a resolution

Requirements and costs of owning classing machines

Raising funds to purchase classing machines

Process of setting up the classing office – 1978-1980

Classing cotton prior to the establishment of the cotton classing office

Lamesa, Texas classing office as the prototype for other classing offices

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1917-2000

Bulk Dates: 1947-1985

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