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

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Date: May 10, 2000

Location: Lamesa, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born at home in Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas; Mother; Luches O. Cline, originally from New Mexico; Father: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; Wife; 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; Crops; 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; Self-sufficiency; 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; 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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