Fisher, Malcolm and Imogene 1983-03-23

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The Fishers discuss their family history and farming in Hale County, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Malcolm and Imogene Fisher

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Date: March 23, 1983

Location: Hale Center, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Imogene, Hale Center Farm Museum, Malcolm, Tractor; 1929 model, Gasoline, b: Young County, May 11, 1980, Parents, W. N. Fisher, Lucy Grubbs, Farmers, Crops, Move to Plains, 1919, Implements, Livestock, Breaking land, Major crops, Wheat harvest, Threshing, Crews, Granary, Land prices (1919, 1937), Crops (again), Imogene, Threshing (again), Malcolm and Imogene, Feed crop, Dairy operations, Fisher dairy herd, Dairy products, Gin, Cotton Center, Texas, Malcolm's job at the gin, Salary , Work hours, Anecdote: Model T truck

Tape 1, Side 2: Work Projects Administration, Project, Malcolm, Anecdote: car wreck, Malcolm and Imogene, Cotton, Early farming, First cotton stripper, Bracero Labor (circa 1930), First strippers, Hand made, John Deere, Varieties of cotton, Cotton strippers (again), Gin (again), Cooperative gin, Early tractors (circa 1927), Descriptions, Financing, Tractor prices, Car prices, Irrigation, Wells, Financing, Motors, Water conservation district, Crops, Rain (1942), Alfalfa hay

Tape 2, Side 1: Dust bowl, Dust storms (1933), Irrigation (again), First well, Livestock, Depression, Government calf killing, Irrigation (again), Water availability, Underground river, Imogene, Family's move to the Plains, 1920, Ranches, Reasons for move, Farm near Abernathy, Texas, Cow chips as fuel, Malcolm's family farm, Young County, Texas, Anecdote: rattlesnake bite, Oil financed move to Plains, Grubbs family farm, financing, Malcolm and Imogene, Cow phase out, World War II, Loss of farm hands, Switch to raising yearling calves, Hay (again), Mowing and raking, Electricity, 1940, Rural Electrification Administration

Tape 2, Side 2: Diversification, Anecdote: combining wheat, Anecdote: hail storm, Steam train, Imogene, Move to Plains, Covered wagons, Description of Plains, Anecdote: prairie fire, Anecdote: mare, Anecdote: Imogene's broken leg

Range Dates: 1908-1983

Bulk Dates: 1920-1945

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