Johnson, W R 1968-04-14

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W. R. Johnson relates technical information on both road building and the oil companies in operation near Odessa. He includes specific dates, locations and individuals’ names.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. R. Johnson

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Date: April 14, 1968

Location: Odessa, Texas

Interviewer: J. M. Skaggs

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Odessa (1940), Listing of oil companies, Population, Post Office location, Laying roads, Techniques, Mule and horse teams, Moving dirt, Early hands and contractors, Oil field locations, Moving rigs, Falling derrick incident, Heavy equipment, Steel rigs—introduction, Gene Rumbaugh, biography, Largest companies, Gene Rumbaugh (again), Beginning, Gassing incident, Practical jokes, Snake in a dinner bucket, Rattlesnake, Number of black workers, Automatic batteries, Odessa (again), Growth, Road to Midland, Road to Crane, Last steam rig.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1940-1968

Bulk Dates: 1940-1968

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