Handlin, Stanley Asa 1983-11-02

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Stanley Handlin discusses the agricultural history of the El Paso Valley, particularly Hudspeth County.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Stanley Asa Handlin

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Date: November 2, 1983

Location: Fort Hancock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born: Montana (1903), To El Paso Valley (1919), Love Ranch, Cattle, Marketing, Roundups, Employees, Duties, Range condition, Anecdote: Willie Smith ropes a bobcat, Working cattle, Wages, Loan to Figure 2 Ranch, Digging ditches and drains (1920s), Process, French drains, Canals; Hudspeth County Texas, Farmer owned reclamation, Straightening the Rio Grande, Early canals, Farmer owned reclamation (again), Problems, Handlin’s retirement from reclamation, Crops grown El Paso Valley, First cotton in valley.

Tape 1, Side 2: Crops grown (continued), Wheat, Threshing, Cotton (again), Clearing of land in valley, Mexican labor, Leveling, Dry land farming, Sheep raising, Montana, El Paso Valley, Predators, Acala cotton, Development, Crop rotation, Alfalfa, Cotton, Groundwater irrigation, Water table, Drought (1930s-1950s), Elephant Butte, Small acreage operators leave valley, Expense of irrigation, Drought (again), Land removed from cultivation, Hudspeth County, Water reclamation.

Tape 2, Side 1: Water reclamation (continued), Lakes, Silt removal, Soil types, Black alkali spots, Urban growth; El Paso Texas, Soil types (again), Vegetables grown Hudspeth County, Pecans, Anecdote: argument over mowing machine, Farming in Mexico, Irrigation, Salinity, Mexico, Social problems, Crops grown, Anderson-Clayton gins, Interaction between Mexican and American towns, Hair’s store, Straightening the Rio Grande (again), Chamizal Park, Parceling of farm land.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1903-1983

Bulk Dates: 1919-1960s

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