Fowler, L G 1974-05-22

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Mr. Fowler discusses his career as a farmer, a manufacturer, and an inventor. Especially noteworthy is his discussion of the blower mechanism attached to the cotton stripper.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: L. G. "Mike" Fowler

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Date: May 22, 1974

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, early life, Reasons for move from Mississippi to Texas, Farming in Sudan discussed, Mechanical mesquite grubber patented in 1941, F. O. Masten family, Pete Boesen recalled, First tool bar for four-row operation in 1936, Recollection of bad year of 1932, Work with four-row cultivator cited, Origin, development of blower mechanism recounted, Newspaper story in 1949 and subsequent events told, Business problems and success examined, Speculation on Seminole land and financing from American , State Bank remembered

Tape 1, Side 2: John Deere and Johnson Manufacturing competition to Fowler Manufacturing noted, Proposed law suit, problems with Johnson Manufacturing discussed, Wagon hand developed in 1960, Wagon top marketed in Central Texas, Attempts to develop cotton strippers, Cotton basket on stripper discussed, Location of Fowler Manufacturing noted, Discussion of wagon top business in Central Texas, Cooperation with John Deere examined, Innovation and innovators of cotton strippers examined, Speculation on land in Midland area recalled, Technical problems explored, Anecdotes concerning customers, Inspirational idea for blower remembered

Range Dates: 1932-1960

Bulk Dates: 1932-1960

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