Hanna, Walter and Billie 1983-11-14

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The Hannas discuss their experiences farming in Floyd County, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Walter and Billie Hanna

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: November 14, 1983

Location: Floydada, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Walter Hanna’s early involvement in agriculture, Walter Hanna’s background, Born: Quanah Texas, To Floyd County (1910), Terry County Texas (1909), Farm land, Farm land purchased in Floyd County (1920), Breaking sod, Land prices, Terms of sale, Floyd County agriculture (1920s), Crops raised, Livestock raising, Hanna’s hog operation, Hog raising in county, Marketing, Decline in hog raising, Involvement in sheep raising, Initial involvement, Marketing, Easter lambs, Livestock raising (again), Hog versus lambs, Switch from hogs to sheep, Shipping of sheep and wool, Tractors, Models used.

Tape 1, Side 2: Models used (continued), Farmer acceptance, Problems, Changes wrought, Irrigation, Awareness, Early use, First well (1936), Motor, Cost, Teaching school Harmony Community (1922-24), Increase in students, Reasons, Farm hands, Tech students, Irrigation (again), First well (again), Financing, Diversification, Egg marketing, Floyd County (1930s), Hauling livestock feed, Irrigation (again), First well (again), Fuel power, Water sales, Anecdote: Repairing ditch, Watching the watch, Techniques learned, Leveling ground, Changes wrought, Siphon pipes, Effect on production costs.

Tape 2, Side 1: Early involvement in sheep raising, Mrs. Hanna’s influence, Negro versus Mexican labor, Migrant workers, Vegetables, Migrant labor (again), Submersible pump, Irrigation wells, Decline in water tables, Water district, Public perception of water supply, Characteristics of a good farmer, Hanna’s favorite aspect of farming, Diversification, Russian thistles, Insects, Pesticide use, Fertilizer use.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1909-1983

Bulk Dates: 1920-1966

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