Hammock, Ed and Ona 1982-02-24

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The Hammocks reminisce about Salt Flat and Van Horn, Texas, and their lives as area ranchers.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ed and Ona Hammock

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: February 24, 1982

Location: Salt Flat, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Ed Hammock, Born: Arlington Texas (1899), To Salt Flat Texas (1905), Ona Hammock, Born: Llano Texas (1904), To Van Horn Texas, Parents were ranchers, J. W. Hammock, Cotton buyer, Figure 2 Ranch, Courtship, Neighbors, Post Office established, J. W. Hammock’s store, Hammock’s ranch, Orange Texas, First car (1917), J. W. Brownfield, Mr. Abels, Early entertainment, Dances, Cattle grazing, Farmland, water availability, Tom Neely, First well (1915), Railroad spurs, Electricity (c. 1958), Drought, Highway (1930).

Tape 1, Side 2: Drought (1917-1920s), Effects, Recovery and rebuilding, Depression (1930s), Gas pipeline, Salt Flat population, Dell City Texas, Lockhart Ranch, Sale to R. L. Merrill C. W. Boyles and Wayne, Chandler, Land, Water, Families, Origin of name, Electricity plants, Illegal aliens, Dell City (again), Produce industry, Gins, Drilling, Water, Future of area, Economy, Drought (again), First cotton crop in area (1906), Bean crop (1910).

Tape 2, Side 1: Ona Hammock’s family, To Van Horn Texas (1908), Chores, Horses, Family home, Mountains, Victoria Canyon, Water sources, Sources of income, Van Horn (again), Hazel Mine, School, Vegetation, Mesquite beans, Cattle, Bronc riding by Ed Hammock.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1899-1982

Bulk Dates: 1904-c.1960

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