Davis, Annie Newton 1981-01-21

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Annie Newton Davis discusses the Robert Howard family, the community of Cross Cut and the Brownwood area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Annie Newton Davis

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Date: January 21, 1981

Location: Brownwood, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Mrs. Annie Newton Davis, Family history, Born near Cross Cut, Texas, Connection with Howard family, Howards, Dr. and Mrs., Characteristics (his), Interests (his), Characteristics (hers), Relationship with Robert, Robert Howard, Attendance: Howard Payne University, Characteristics, Personality, Interests, Influences, Relationship with father, Howards, Dr. and Mrs. (again), Characteristics (again), Dr. Howard, Reaction to death of wife and son, Relationship with Davis family, Robert Howard (again), Writing, Seclusion, Community reaction to death of Robert Howard, Grief over mother, Suicide, Jack Scott (Cross Plains Review), Relationship with Robert Howard, Friends of Robert Howard, Lindsey Tyson, girlfriend, Lindsey Tyson (again), Howard home, Description, Layout and use, Outlying buildings and use, Landscape, Robert's use of second floor, Howard family's role in community, Church, Dr. Howard (again), Medical School experiences, Interests (again), Influence upon Robert, Austin Newton, Cousin to Annie Newton Davis, Career in public schools, Newton family history, Parents, J. W. Newton, Mary Jane Newton, Moved to Cross Cut, Texas, Father's family, Mother's family, Financial situation, early on, Farmers, Christmas, Financial situation, after 1922, Oil discovered, Oil boomtowns, Cross Cut, Texas (1922), Cross Plains, Texas, Pioneer, Texas, Burkett, Texas, Effect of oil on towns, Population, Businesses, Schools, Population (again)

Tape 1, Side 2: Depression (1930s), Population (general), Oil Boom (again), Population (Cross Cut, Texas), Housing problems, Discovery of oil, First wells southeast of Cross Cut, Texas, Expansion, Production levels, Drilling methods, Origin of oilfield workers, Minenhaugh, Ernest Brum, Bakers, Leasing procedure and companies, Craig McNeils, Shifts in areas of production, Newton family history (again), Crops raised, Farm implements, Harvest, Crops raised (again), Role of family, Cross Cut area, Cotton gins, Decline of the cotton industry, Cotton marketing, Grain marketing, Brownwood, Texas, Marketing center, Wagon yards and accomodations, Location, Triplett, Annie Newton Davis (again), Trips to Brownwood, Texas, Chores, Miscellaneous crops raised in area, Peanuts, Truck gardens, Orchards, Lack of pesticides, Advent of cattle dip, Old dipping vat, J. W. Newton's livestock, Breeds, Marketing, Circuit buyers, Delivery, Mrs. Davis' farm, Location, Operation since husband's death, Cattle auctions, Circuit buyers, Livestock (again), Feed provisions, Annie Newton Davis: childhood memories, Chores (again), Roles of women, Roles of children, Robert Howard (again), Grandmother's stories, Living in Indian Territory, Chores (again)

Tape 2, Side 1: Memories (cont'd), Meat processing and storage, Harvest process, Produce canning and storage, Neighbors, Family values, Education, Parental cooperation, Religious differences, Financial philosophy, Early views on aging, Present philosophy, Behavior expected of children, Leisure activities, Harvest (again), J. W. Newton's harvest crew, Personal philosophy (again), Howard family (again), Robert Howard (again), Suicide (again)

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1920s-1981

Bulk Dates: 1920s-1981

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