Handing, Anton 1981-08-21

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Anton Handing reminisces upon his life in Umbarger.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Anton Handing

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Date: August 21, 1981

Location: Umbarger, Texas

Interviewer: James Seuseney

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Anton Handing on Umbarger Texas, Came to Umbarger (1928), Relatives in Umbarger, German settlement in the United States, Hessians in the American Revolution, Handing came from Westphalen, Handing’s childhood, Raising hogs, Processing, Immigrated to New York, Family, New York to Umbarger by train, Mr. Handing’s occupations, St. Francis Community, Division of land (c. 1906), Bertrand family, Detton Family, J. C. Berg, Winemaking (Germany), Types of grapes, Wife, Family background, Choice of official language, Sausage making, Making hams, Grapes, Types, Watering, Harvest, Home brew, Temperature, Ingredients, Thermometer, Adding raisins or prunes, Wife’s grandparents, Handling’s childhood (again), Father farmed, Guano from South America, Fertilizer.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Germany, Schools, Vocational training in agriculture, Farming, Compared to Texas, Fertilizer (again), Wheat (late 1920s), Black Sunday (1935), Irrigation, Purchase of farm, Declining water levels, Amarillo Texas, Water sources, Trip to Germany (1906), London, Thames water consumption, Septic tank, Holiday celebrations in Germany, Christmas, Children, Names, Son’s military service, Sons now farming, Rockefeller, Arkansas, Bought out small farmers, Wife in nursing home, Social Security, Rain records (from 1940), Germany (again), Left at age 19, Heritage, Brothers, Visit to America, Photographs.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1906-1945

Bulk Dates: 1928-1945

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