Henderson, William Henry 1967-04-13

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Will Henderson, black pioneer of Abilene, reminisces about the early days of Abilene and his job at the Farmers and Merchants’ National Bank.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: William Henry "Will" Henderson

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Date: April 13, 1967

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: Dorothy Jean Wiseman

Length: 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born Fayette County Texas, To Abilene Texas (1904), Description, Businesses, Residential areas, Activities in early days, Swimming, Occupations, Tailor shop, Farmers and Merchants’ National Bank (1907), Salary, Employees, Abilene flood (1910), Bank flooded, Street vendor, David Ersey, Sold hoki-poki candy, Simmons College Abilene, Laundry for college, First automobile in Abilene, Mr. George Colt, First airplane in Abilene, Simmons College (again), Saloons, Bank, Depositing money, Employment at bank, 53 years, Retired (1960), Homeowners, Population (1904), Blacks, First to serve on a Grand Jury, First to vote absentee, School.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1904-1960

Bulk Dates: 1904-1960

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