Jeffries, Rowden

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Roden Jefferies talks about early Childress and his career as a switchman and other positions for the Fort Worth and Denver Railway.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Rowden Jeffries

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Date: July 21, 1976; February 13, 1978

Location: Childress, Texas

Interviewer: Richie Cravens, Bobby Weaver

Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes (total)


Tape 1, Side 1: Personal background, Parents’ occupations, First railroad job switchman (1919), Acquisition of job, Military service World War I, Border patrol, U. S. Cavalry, Pancho Villa, Duties as a switchman, Business rate (1920), Early day cafes, Marriages (1928 1963), Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Wages, Retirement (October 2 1968), Younger switchmen causing derailing, Description of early day Childress Texas (1921), Activities of railroad, Number of railroad employees, Railroad strike (1922), Violence, Effects of Depression, Effects of World War II, Union membership, Continued interest in railroad.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Born: Childress Texas (September 30 1897), Father, Early Childress, Dirt streets, School, Fort Worth and Denver Railway, Began work as switchman (1919), Different positions held, Freight, Depression, Prohibition, Roads out of Childress, Automobiles, Kerosene cook stoves, Wood stoves, Medical services, Oil fields (1920), Fort Worth and Denver Railway, Steam engines, Diesel engines, Switching cars, Moved superintendent, Thomas James Jeffries, Constable (1922-1952), Race horses, Quarter horses, Raced at fairs, School, Fourth grade teacher, Football team.

Tape 2, Side 2: Football team (continued), Baseball team, Few minorities worked for railroad, Branches of railroad, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Railroad unions, Coal for steam engines, Crew of freight train, Company benefits, Derailments.

Range Dates: 1897-1968

Bulk Dates: 1897-1968

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