Foerster, Mr and Mrs Raymond 1974-08-02

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The Foersters discuss their early lives on South Plains farms on Tape 1. On Tape 2, they discuss the cotton sled they used in 1926-27, and other topics pertinent to cotton farming.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Foerster

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Date: August 2, 1974

Location: Levelland, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical data presented, Mrs. Foerster recalls moving to West Texas, Prairie fire remembered, M. F. Klattenhoff recalled, Early equipment described, Crops of cotton and maize described, Cotton sled stripper used in 1925-1926, Method of operation explained, Reason for invention of cotton sled, First tractor in 1935, Compares tractors to horses

Tape 1, Side 2: New Deal programs, Cattle shoot remembered, Typical farm day described, Marketing butter and eggs, Preserving milk and cream, Hatching baby chicks, Coming of electricity, Reasons for staying on the Plains, Irrigation started in 1945

Tape 2, Side 1: Description of cotton sled given, Dimensions listed, Sled with fingers mentioned, Discussion of irrigation well, Changing pumps, Use of butane in engine, Water witching incidents recalled, Story of Mrs. Foerster's father, Differences in weather between past and present, Further discussion of cotton sled

Tape 2, Side 2: Continuation of discussion of cotton sled

Range Dates: 1925-1945

Bulk Dates: 1926-1927

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