Harbaugh, F G 1973-05-29

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Dr. Harbaugh discusses his 43-year career at Texas Tech as a veterinarian and professor in the Animal Husbandry Department. He also recalls the cattle shoot of the 1930s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. F. G. Harbaugh

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Date: May 29 and June 11, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 3 hours, 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information given, Education summarized, Military service in the reserves, Characterizes his brother Robert, Came to Texas Tech (1927), Recalls first impressions of Lubbock and West Texas, Early facilities of the Animal Husbandry Department described, Cites problem of brucellosis in the first dairy herd, Received complaints when dairy switched from raw to pasteurized milk.

Tape 1, Side 2: Career at Texas Tech discussed further, Lists course requirements in early animal husbandry classes, Early bias against veterinarians explained, Names animal diseases common in 1920s and 1930s, Salary cuts and discounted payroll warrants were evident during the 1930s, Opinion of Dr. Paul Horn given, Texas Tech pageant mentioned, Comments on dust storms in the 1930s, Early courses in animal husbandry listed, First meat lab described.

Tape 2, Side 1: Career at Texas Tech discussed, Evaluation of caliber of students through the years, Emphasis on livestock judging in early years criticized, Describes relations between Agronomy and Animal Husbandry departments, Decries the disappearance of the Tech farm lands, Taught course in horse production, Dr. Bradford Knapp saved Agriculture and Engineering Schools from elimination.

Tape 2, Side 2: Career at Texas Tech (continued), Opinion of Dr. Clifford B. Jones stated, Change from nine-month to twelve-month, contract by Dr. Jones, Opinion of Dr. William Whyburn, Mentions Dr. Dossie M. Wiggins’ administration, Acquisition of Pan-Tech farm, Comments on Dr. E. N. Jones, Opinion of Dr. R. C. Goodwin related, Dr. Joe Dennis of Chemistry Department discussed.

Tape 3, Side 1: Career at Texas Tech (continued), Notes changes in the School of Agriculture (1958), Dr. Ralph M. Durham’s practice of animal husbandry, Experiences clashes with other faculty members, Cites advantages of bull meat over steer meat, Cattle feeding experiments explained.

Tape 3, Side 2: Career at Texas Tech (continued), Dr. Durham’s innovations in animal husbandry discussed further, Other experiments with cattle described, Lists changes in the Animal Husbandry Department, during the last few years, Mentions committees served on while at Tech, Coach Pete Cawthon recalled.

Tape 4, Side 1: Career at Texas Tech (continued), Tumbling class recalled, Characterizes Tech football teams, Outstanding students listed, New cattle breeds being experimented with in the Animal Husbandry Department, Mentions outstanding people associated with at Tech, Hostility between Dean A. H. Leidigh and professor named Bowers described, Participated in the cattle shoot of the 1930s.

Tape 4, Side 2: Operation of the cattle shoot program examined, Cites pros and cons of the program.

Range Dates: 1910s-1973

Bulk Dates: 1927-1940

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