Jones, Mr and Mrs W H 1972-08-15

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Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Jones, longtime residents of Fluvanna, discuss the establishment, growth and decline of that West Texas town.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Jones

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 15, 1972

Location: Fluvanna, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Mrs. Jones’ family history, Mr. Jones’ family history, Describes Mrs. Jones’ father’s homestead (1892), Mr. Jones’ father’s farm mentioned, Recalls Fluvanna (then named Light) in 1892, Light moved to present location (1897), Railroad built, Land promotion deals discussed, Advantages of the soil in the area, Name crops grown by their families, Families first lived in dugouts and tents, Family information (again), Difficulties in obtaining water in the early days, Several families used one well, Jumbo Cattle Company’s cattle grazed on the range in the area, Process of ginning and marketing cotton crops, Listing of early gins in the area, Reasons for moving the town from Light to Fluvanna, Townspeople’s reaction described, Celebration of the railroad’s coming, Source of Fluvanna’s municipal water supply examined, Discusses land promotion in Fluvanna, J. M. Cunningham noted as promoter, Effect of Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad, Fluvanna’s fire department, then and now, Water supply at Fluvanna discussed, Shipping cattle (1910), Decline of Fluvanna after 1920, Closing of the bank explained, Recalls Fluvanna Mercantile Company, Other businesses in Fluvanna mentioned, Newspaper discussed.

Tape 1, Side 2: Fluvanna Mercantile Company (again), Reaction to first automobiles in Fluvanna, Fluvanna’s school described, Changes in farming techniques, Effect of changes on Fluvanna, Reactions of area ranches to changes, Building of roads a necessity to Fluvanna, Area conditions during the Depression, Recall the coming of electricity to Fluvanna, Wind chargers described, Coming of radio effect on the townspeople, Hauling water from wells, Ice house at Fluvanna center of activity, Process of curing meat, Canning meat described, Mentions farm organizations in Fluvanna, Oil boom effects on Fluvanna, Mail service in early Fluvanna recalled.

Range Dates: 1892-c. 1950

Bulk Dates: 1892-c. 1950

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