Jackson, Mrs J W and Mrs Stella Wolffarth 1958-07-22

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Mrs. Jackson and her mother, Mrs. Wolffarth, discuss women’s roles in ranch life during the early days in Lubbock and the South Plains.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. J. W. Jackson and Mrs. Stella Wolffarth

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Date: July 22, 1958

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jean A. Paul

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Mrs. Wolffarth’s recollections of Lubbock (1890), Nick Beal’s ranch, J. D. Caldwell’s Store, Frank E. Wheelock’s mercantile, Fire in Wheelock’s store, Grovesville School (rural), Courthouse school, Mrs. Jackson attended school at Central Ward, Mrs. Wolffarth attended convent school, Ranch life and women of the ranch, Cowboys on Nick Beal’s ranch, Incident of putting bats in cowboy’s bed, Weather and severe winters, Roundups, Cowboys at dances, Riding horseback to church services, Severe winters (again).

Tape 1, Side 2: Freighting supplies from Colorado City, Mrs. Wolffarth lives in a dugout in Terry County, Dugout furnishings, Sears-Roebuck catalog a guide to diagnosing severity of illness, Wolffarth bought ranch in Terry County from Q. Bone, Wolffarths move to Lubbock, Lived in brick house on corner of Avenue G and Broadway where Gulf Station was later, Lubbock’s expansion and the residential districts, Orchard in back yard on Broadway, Neighborly "visiting", Picnics at Buffalo Springs, Camping out on trips, Women’s clothing styles, Well-to-do women in Lubbock employ seamstress.

Tape 2, Side 1: Mrs. Jackson describes Mrs. Wolffarth’s dugout in Terry County, Mrs. George Boles brings first piano to Lubbock, Mrs. Jackson’s early recollections of Lubbock Christmas trees, Uncle Tang Martin and the bluing in his beard, Dr. M. C. Overton.

Tape 2, Side 2: School days in Lubbock, Clarence Goodnight high school athlete, School curriculum and athletic contests, Automobiles in Lubbock, Auto races, Ranching and farming in Lubbock, Ranchers control social and political life, Tumble-In swimming pool, Roaring Twenties in Lubbock, World War I declared in town and its effects.

Tape 3, Side 1: An A & M College on the Plains, Molly Bailey and Chautauqua circuit, Revival meetings, Blacks in Lubbock, Ku Klux Klan activity in Lubbock, Motion pictures, Unorganized counties west of Lubbock, Absence of drinking in public, Victorian morality for women, Anecdote about schoolteacher’s horse who wouldn’t let men touch her.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1890-1920s

Bulk Dates: 1890-1920s

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