Jennings, Ima Cotton

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Mrs. Jennings describes her years of teaching in rural schools and reminisces about living in the Abilene area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ima Cotton Jennings

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Date: May 16, 1974; March 12, 1981

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah, Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Taught school until 1957, Lists places where she taught, Lived in her present home for 50 years, Usually taught in private homes, Town of Soash described, Dances recalled, Comments on music, Slaughter family mentioned, Big Spring recalled, Railroad discussed, Payne murder in Amarillo, Favorite teaching position in Elmdale, Various teaching experiences.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Born: Buffalo Gap Texas (March 6 1893), Taylor County Texas, Organization (1878), Buffalo hunters, Presbyterian college (1870s), S. J. Cotton father, Faucett mother’s maiden name, C5 Ranch (1900-1913), Purchase, Sale (1913), School teacher, Teaching certificates, Childhood chores, Churches, Forts, Buffalo Gap, College, First oil well (1915), County seat, Jailhouse, Million Dollar Avenue, Taylor County, Abilene as county seat (1883), Abilene Texas, Streetcar, "Galloping Goose", Churches, Mr. Clinton marshal, Creeks, Hanging (1870s).

Tape 2, Side 2: Abilene Texas (continued), Water wagons, Theodore Roosevelt’s visit, "Comanche Belle", Train engine, Flood (1911), Farmers and Merchants Bank (1881), Slaughter family, Name origin, Childhood, Entertainment, Buffalo Gap, College, Enrollment (1890s), Jail, Hale Kirby mayor, Abilene Texas (again), Houses, Settlers, Buildings.

Range Dates: 1878-1957

Bulk Dates: 1900-1957

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