Combs, Don 1981-05-12

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Don Combs discusses his life in West Texas and his involvement with irrigation.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Don Combs

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Date: May 12, 1981

Location: Munday, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: To West Texas to dig wells (January 1951), Anecdote about digging wells, Drilled well at Texas Tech (1934-1935), Geology of the Plains area, Irrigation, Cost of, Wells, Discussion of underground water movement, Rainfall recharges underground water supply, Origin of water in water table, Little water in table prior to 1900, Water table on plains, Continuously decreasing, Changes in agriculture resulting from wells, Affect on land prices, Economy, Price increases, Irrigation (again), Diversification of crops, Helped community

Tape 1, Side 2: Time when crops diversified, Potato crop, Labor, Wages, Machines, Cut down on manual labor, Crops raised, Fruits, Vegetables, Most raise wheat or cotton, Running out of land, More people going to go back to farming, Industry, Plans to get food processing plant, Prices discussed, Cooperatives have helped farmers obtain fair prices, Costs of processing, Cooperatives have helped

Tape 2, Side 1: Problem with pollution, Nitrates in water, Possible causes, Role of irrigati,on, Contamination from oil drilling, Changes in drilling methods, Irrigation (again), Methods he prefers, Crops (again), Need water, Fruits and vegetables, Prices

Tape 2, Side 2: To Munday, Texas (January, 1951), Dug wells, Farmers came together to have well dug, Comparison to plains wells, Irrigation (again), Progress in agricultural technology and methods, Lake discussed, Provides water for towns, Each town mush apply for state approved water supply, Water table discussed, Land prices, Irrigation costs (again), Water supply, Finding water

Range Dates: 1951-1960

Bulk Dates: 1951-1960

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