Dodge, D P 1976-07-21

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D. P. Dodge speaks of his years with the Fort Worth and Denver Railway, placing special emphasis on the effects of the Depression and World War II on the railroad.

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Interviewee Name: D. P. Dodge

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Date: July 21, 1976

Location: Childress, Texas

Interviewer: Richie Cravens

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Move to Childress, Texas (1925), Occupations, Jobs with Fort Worth and Denver Railway, Transfer to Amarillo, Texas (1939-1942), Transfer to Childress, Texas (1942), Depression, Work 8 days a month, Life in Childress, Texas (1925), Model T, Manual labor, Old depot, "Harvey House" in depot, Company union, Mandatory membership, Work on railroad, No modern machines, Work load, Student workers in summer, Differences between past and present attitudes, Contributions of railroad to community, Taxes, Entertainment, Jobs, Dependence of merchants, Local freight, Shipping merchandise, Cattle, Cotton, Cotton seed oil mill

Tape 1, Side 2: Labor union (1937), Emergence, Charter membership, Active in union, Position as car foreman, Jurisdiction, President Franklin Roosevelt's trip, World War II, Trip from Fort Worth, Texas, Special car described, Entourage, Effects of World War II, Railroad flourished, Troop trains, Job as car foreman, Discontinuation of passenger service, Decline in railroading, Retirement

Range Dates: 1925-1940s

Bulk Dates: 1925-1940s

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