Hickman, Roy Jr 1972-06-21

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Roy Hickman, former County Agent of Cochran County, discusses various government programs of the Depression and post-Depression era, particularly the cattle shoot, shelter belts, and resettlement projects. He also discusses irrigation in Cochran County.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Roy Hickman Jr.

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Date: June 21, 1972

Location: Morton, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Early life and education, Describes first farming venture, Job with the Extension Service (1927), Recalls cattle shoot of 1934, Administration of the program, Procedure for destroying and disposing of the cattle, Number killed in Hale County, Illegal use of meat explained, Hogs also killed, Other government programs of the Depression, Cotton plowing, CCC program discussed, Cattle shoot (again), Procedure for participating in the program, Administration by the Extension Service, Various government agriculture-oriented programs described, Praise for shelter belts of late 1930s, Advantages of the belts, Reaction of the farmers, Procedure for participating in the program, Type and number of trees used, Planting of the trees by the CCC, Describes extent of the shelter belt, Portions remaining today, Disadvantages of the belts discussed, Reasons for destroying the belts, Procedure for participating in the program (again), Planting of the trees (again).

Tape 1, Side 2: Mentions Resettlement Administration projects, Project south of Lehman explained, Selection of applicants, Approval of the land by the Soil Conservation Service, Method of operation, Farming commune proposal discussed, Names members of selection committee, Sale of the land described, Operation of the cattle program, Irrigation in Cochran County, Reasons for slow adoption, Method of irrigation used, Lists areas of greatest irrigation use.

Range Dates: 1927-1972

Bulk Dates: 1927-1940

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