Iles, Oscar Mathew 1969-03-24

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Oscar Iles discusses Lubbock’s black community and stresses black organizations, early residents and education.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Oscar Mathew Iles

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Date: March 24-25, 1969

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Robert Foster

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Lubbock, Paved roads, Bank locations, Biographical information, Reasons for coming to Lubbock (1923), Jobs, Boy Scout organization, District Commissioner duties, Activities, Size of troops, Black Hubbers, First black teacher, Baseball, Booker T. Washington park, Naming, Dr. Oliver, Offices, Skill, Marriage, Black population (1923), Reasons for coming, Wages.

Tape 1, Side 2: Race relations, Law enforcement, Black policemen, Term "boy", Black residential area, Real estate, Depression, Water supply, Sewage, Depression work, Soup line, Taxi service, Aid to needy, Mexican, Mexican council, Cotton picking—consignments, Earl Johnson and real estate, Max Coleman, First school, Location, Half-day school, Establishment, Enrollment and overcrowding, Black men’s clubs, Membership, Bad crop years, Rain, Shacktown.

Tape 2, Side 1: Parent-Teacher Association, Establishment, Black Chamber of Commerce, School sponsored sports, Coaches, Uniforms, Sedberry family, Funeral homes, Calvin Quigley, C. H. Lyons, Dental work, Political activity, Black residential area, Listing of residents, Limits of town, Church activities, Aid, Purpose in coming to Lubbock, Church orientation, Listing of churches, Attendance, First three churches, Gathering places, Black and white cooperation, Anti-Negro association, Ku Klux Klan activity, Elks Club location.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1923-1940

Bulk Dates: 1923-1940

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