Collins, M L 1983-11-22

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M. L. Collins reminisces about his life and agricultural developments in and around Whiteface, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: M. L. Collins

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Date: November 22, 1983

Location: Whiteface, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: M. L. Collins, b: Garvin County, Oklahoma, Farming, 1922-26, "broom" corn, To Western Oklahoma, 1927, Cotton farming, Home built sled, Pulling cotton, Parents, b: Indian territory, Mother; Audi Towry, (1900), Father: Joe D. Collins (1896), d: 1974, Farming in Oklahoma (again), Rented land, LaCrosse tractor, "Broom" corn (again), Harvest, Curing, Bailing, Prices, Marketing, LaCrosse tractor (again), Description, Corn harvest (again), Harvest crews, Working as a water boy, Other crops raised, Hogs, To Texas, Reasons for move, Parents separated, Father moved to West Texas, Sharecropping, Breaking out land, To West Texas, (1936), Breaking out land (again), Mules vs. horses, Trading teams for tractor (c. 1937), Team versus tractor, Anecdote: plowing "little cotton" with a tractor

Tape 1, Side 2: Anecdote (continued), Irrigation, Oklahoma, First tractor purchased by Collin's family, General attitude toward tractor, Changes since advent of tractor, Father's reception of tractor, Cotton boll puller (circa 1928), Collins to West Texas (circa 1936), Jobs, Cotton, Types, Changes in cotton growing, Irrigation

Tape 2, Side 1: Irrigation (continued), Anecdote: planting feed, Changes wrought by irrigation, First radio heard, Model-T, Airplanes, Wiley Post, Dropping turkeys and guineas, Testing of atomic bomb, Progress in general, Farming, Oil patch experiences, Changes in oil business, Contributions of oil industry to area, Cooperation of oil executives, Area oil fields, Changes in business (again), Hail suppression program (late 1970s), Hail damage to farmers, Irrigation wells

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1896-1983

Bulk Dates: 1936-1946

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