Collie, Morris W 1969-06-11

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Morris Collie discusses the building, operation, equipment and problems surrounding the first cotton gin he and others built; his work with the Southwestern Bell Telephone System and early telephones; and his electrical shop in Pecos.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Morris W. Collie

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Date: June 11, 1969

Location: Pecos, Texas

Interviewer: Don Green

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Building of cotton gin in Pecos in 1920, Men who cooperated to build the Electric Gin Co., Output of the gin, Hand-picking cotton and poisoning cotton insects, Convenience of electric gin, Operation of the gin, Hauling cotton to the gin in wagons, Storage rooms for cotton awaiting ginning, Gin charges during the 1920s, Paying for ginning with the seed, Cotton market in the Pecos area, Gin scales used in the 1920s, Problems in the ginning business, Fires and breakdowns, Describes how 100-horse power motor ran the gin, Contrast of high and low-speed gins, Sterilizing cottonseed with steam to kill boll worms, Number of workers and their duties, Cotton presses of 1920s, Shipping cotton to buyers, Collie's work with Southwestern Bell Telephone, Repairing switchboards, Problems with the first telephones, Changing batteries, Collie's electrical shop in Pecos, Running of power plant so women could iron, Early electrical appliances, Selling of first Frigidaire refrigerator in Pecos, Story of a man who picked up telephone conversations on his radio, Describes early irons, refrigerators, and fans

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1920-1969

Bulk Dates: 1920-1969

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