Hicks, Vernon and Juanita 2016-07-27

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This interview features Vernon and Juanita Hicks and their history with soil conservation work. In this interview the Hicks’ discuss their backgrounds, growing up, college days, careers, and lives before they met, then describe how they met later in life and got married. They also discuss working with the Soil Conservation Services and Vernon being the National Biologist.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Vernon and Juanita Hicks

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: July 27, 2016

Location: Belton, Texas

Interviewer: Monte Monroe

Length: 03:44:48


Vernon’s background, and growing up; Working on pipeline; Going to college after the war, and working for SCS; Working at Fort Stockton; Serving as the National Biologist in Washington D.C.; His perspective of being a soil conservationist; Working with ranchers and farmers; Juanita’s family and background; Growing up during the Depression and dust bowl; Her experience going to college; Her engagement to Clarence Cook Jr.; Her and her husband’s lives after college; Her husband’s position at Exxon in Houston; Working as a teacher when Houston integrated schools; Retirement; Clarence’s passing; When Juanita met Vernon; How Juanita and Vernon got together; What life was like growing up compared to now; Why the way she was raised is important

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital

Recording Format Notes: patrons may listen to a CD copy in our reading room

Transcript: Transcript available on dspace https://hdl.handle.net/10605/361812

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