Flaig, Joe 1973-07-23

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Joe Flaig, early manager of Lubbock Cotton Oil Mill, discusses his work in the cotton oil business on the Plains during the 1920s. He also discusses the history of Simmons Oil Mills, of which the Lubbock Mill is a part.

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Interviewee Name: Joe Flaig

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Date: July 23, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, education, Move to Lubbock in 1923, Simmons-Wooten business interests in Quanah and Chickasha recalled, Origin of Lubbock Cotton Oil Mill cited, Review of holdings of Simmons Cotton Oil Mill, Growth of Lubbock Cotton Oil Mill remembered, Practice of gin financing cited, Origin of Plains Ginners Association recalled, Liquidation and abandonment of cotton oil mills, Importation of Black workers mentioned, Wages and operations discussed, Policy decisions on refining oil examined, Crop financing cited, Comments on federal pollution regulations, Early Plains cotton buyers remembered

Tape 1, Side 2: Recollections of farming on the Plains in the 1920s, Comments on Co-op competitive advantages, Problems in soybean processing claimed, Union labor problems of the late 1950s and early 1960s recalled, Advice for Roy Davis mentioned, Examination of labor policy, Mixed cattle feed plant discussed, Ideas on Plains farm mechanization expressed, Attitudes toward bracero program given, Discussion of cotton oil prices, Anecdote on location of Texas Tech

Range Dates: 1923-1960s

Bulk Dates: 1923-1960s

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