Eddy, Josephine Tracy and Francis G Tracy 1984-08-23

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Francis Tracy, Jr. and his sister, Josephine Tracy Eddy, reminisce about their father, Francis G. Tracy, Sr. and his role in the development of Carlsbad.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Josephine Tracy Eddy and Francis G. Tracy

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Date: August 23, 1984

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Interviewer: Janet Neugebauer and Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Francis G. Tracy, Francis G. Tracy Sr., father, b: February 6, 1863, Bay Ridge, New York, New York, To New Mexico, Reasons, Training, Joe Stevens, Family, Tracy Sr. (again), Attitude toward New Mexico, Reasons for moving to New Mexico, George Tracy, Joe Stevens (again), Rough Rider, Reclamation, Swiss and Italians, Tracy Sr. (again), Realization that he ran everything (1900-1904), Pecos Irrigation Company, Tracy, Sr.'s role, Lawyers purchase of the land, Striking oil, Pecos Irrigation Company (again), Lack of water rights, Land improvements, Land Company, Dam designs, Water spills, Pecos Water Rights Association, Operating money, Bureau of Reclamation, Problems, Farmers, Colonization trends, Women, Roles, School, Flora Clark Stone, aunt, Olive Clark Tracy, mother, Parent's meeting, Mother's personality

Tape 1, Side 2: Art appreciation club, Mother's role, Course work, Study group, Meetings, Mother (again), Preservation, Father's role, Personality, Education, Occupation, Interest in irrigation, Third reservoir, Bureau of Reclamation, Texas opposition, Irrigation (1947), New wells, Litigation, Tracy Sr. (again), Crops, Tracy, Sr. (again), Cotton (in Carlsbad), Peach orchard, Packing plant, Cotton varieties, Durango

Tape 2, Side 1: Cotton breeder, Durango, Watermelon, Santa Fe Railroad, Settlers, Qualities, Water table depletion (1930s), Drought, Tracy Sr. (again), Social activities, Hunting, Horseback riding, Golfing, Dances, George Tracy (again), Relationship between farmers and ranchers, Carlsbad (again), Subdivision, Original townsite, Development company, Bank, Tracy Sr. (again)

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1863-1984

Bulk Dates: 1904-1947

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