Hogue, Harold J 1985-11-21

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Harold Hogue discusses his experiences as a farmer in Dallam County, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Harold J. Hogue

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Date: November 21, 1985

Location: Dalhart, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Education, To Dallam County (1931), Reasons, Trip through Panhandle (1929), Building house, Purchase of land, Farming, Dallam County, Crop yields (1931-1933), Location of farm, Problems encountered (1933-1939), Weather, Depression, Custom plowing, Strategy for solvency, Early equipment used (1930s), Case tractors and one-way plows, Rubber tires (1934), Dry land farming techniques, Education (again), College, Farming experience, Farming (again), Dry land techniques (again), Chisel plow (1936), Rainfall (1933-1940).

Tape 1, Side 2: Equipment (again) 1930s and 1940, Land purchased (1930s and 1940s), Irrigation, Pipes, Drought (1930s), Irrigation (1954-1985), Groundwater availability, Early wells, Inducements, Crop yields, Dust storms (1930s), Black Sunday (1935), Others (1933), Types and directions, Danger and protection, Drought (again), Temperatures, Comparison (1950s versus 1930s), Public reaction, Square dances, Home brew, Turnover among farmers, Mennonite colony (1929-1937).

Tape 2, Side 1: Mennonite colony (continued), Houses, Lifestyle, Varmint problems, Coyotes, Bull snake, Cultivated acreage Dallam County (1920s), Breaking out of land, Irrigation, Leveling land, Work involved, Underground pipe, Ditches, Water supply, Natural gas contracts (1954-1984), Prohibitive cost, Benefits for Dalhart area, Natural gas sources, Dry land farming (again), "New era" (1980s), North Plains Water District.

Tape 2, Side 2: Irrigation (again), Growth in popularity, Land promotion (1960s), Growth of debt, Influx of people, National economy, Income tax, Farmers’ income, Robot tractors, Operation, Development (1957-1960), Mechanics of turning, Development (again), Pros and cons to use.

Range Dates: 1930-1985

Bulk Dates: 1930-1985

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