Couch, J E 1984-11-13

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J. E. Couch discusses the development of agriculture in the Pecos area as well as life as a student at Texas Tech.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J. E. Couch

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Date: November 13, 1984

Location: Pecos, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Couch family history, Grandfather (Civil War veteran), Cattle business, Bill Camp, Father (1894), Early farming (Pecos area), Irrigation, Trees (Salt cedars), Reservoirs, Pecos, Texas, River life, Farming, Cotton, Alfalfa: Texas Common, Ranching, Cotton (again)

Tape 1, Side 2: Irrigation, Farming, Alfalfa, Harvesting, Bailing, Procedures, Cotton (1915), Transition from alfalfa to cotton, Irrigation (again), Artesian wells, Colonization (early 1900s), Land fraud, Irrigation (again), Centrifugal wells, Surface water versus ground-water (1930s), Alfalfa

Tape 2, Side 1: Irrigation (continued), Alfalfa, Basin bed level irrigation, Evolution, Water district, Water usage, Farmers' independent canal, Farming demise, Oil royalties, Texas Tech (1926), Hazing, Classes, Agriculture

Tape 2, Side 2: J. Brian Stannon, Texas Tech, Father, Water legislation, Texas Tech (again), Campus life (1926), Development, Dr. Horn, Liberal arts versus agriculture, Groundwater at Pecos, Texas, Land Development, Irrigation (again), Pumps, Boom period, Power source, Demise, Wife, Family farms

Range Dates: 1860-1984

Bulk Dates: 1894-1950s

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