Herring, Albert Ernest 1984-01-27

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Albert Herring discusses early agriculture in Lubbock.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Albert Ernest Herring

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Date: January 27, 1984

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Albert E. Herrring, Born: Mexia Texas (June 9 1896), Parents, Farming operation—early 20th century, Implements, Crops grown, Cotton, Harvest, Herring’s move to the South Plains (June 10 1920), Weather, Operation of mercantile in Mexia, Credit extension, Sharecroppers and renters, Productivity of blackland, Cultivability, Mercantile (again), Goods stacked, Wife Addie Radcliffe, Meeting Herring, Traveling by wagon, Marriage, Appropriate age for marriage, Philosophy and advise to Mason, First impression of Plains, Wife’s impression, Lubbock Texas (1920s), Job with Granville Johnson drug store, Location, Operation of drug store (1920s), Goods stocked, Lubbock in the 1920s (again), Layout of town, Opening of Texas Tech, Reaction of Lubbock citizens, Funding, Opening celebration, Agriculture (1920), Breaking out land, Job with Texoma Oil Company, Wichita Falls (1920s), Operation of service station in Lubbock (1920s), Location, Gasoline prices, General operation, Cars in Lubbock.

Tape 1, Side 2: Texoma Oil Company Wichita Falls (again), Sale to Continental Oil Company (1929), Lubbock (again), Crime, Working for Continental Oil Company, Depression, Herring’s farm, Underground pipe, Irrigation wells, Acceptance in Lubbock County, Pumps, Purchase of supplies, Water distribution prior to irrigation, Canvas pipe, Storm-proof cotton, Seeds, Moss cleaners, Machine harvest of cotton, Small communities on South Plains, First cotton stripper, Where purchased (late 1940s), Lubbock companies manufacturing strippers, Problems of farmers, Government intervention, Acreage restrictions, Herring’s farm (again), Purchase of land.

Tape 2, Side 1: Herring’s farm (continued), Diversification, Harvest labor, Braceros, Ginning business, Competition, Good years for cotton on South Plains, Cream and egg operation, Depression salaries, Continental Oil, Prices, Irrigation, Labor requirements, Fuel, Natural gas, Electricity, Effect on crop yields, Weeds, Cotton.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: c.1870-1984

Bulk Dates: 1920-1940

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