Kaderli, A T, and Owens, Ethel Kaderli, and Bostick, Edna Kaderli 1975-07-14

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The Kaderli family recalls being the first farming family in Martin County, Texas. Many of their father’s farming methods are discussed.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: A.T. Kaderli, Ethel Kaderli Owens, and Edna Kaderli Bostick

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 14, 1975

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family history and genealogy given, Kaderli family were the first cotton farmers in Martin County (1904), Ranchers’ sons used to gang up on the Kaderli boys, Allen Kaderli was the only brother who remained in Martin County, Kaderli family kept a large vegetable garden, Father also planted maize, corn and oats, Experimented with sudan grass for U. S. Department of Agriculture (1910), First year on the farm was very successful, Father’s innovations in farming methods and equipment described, Hailstorm (1912), Grape vineyard discussed, Father’s method of controlling prairie dogs discussed, Many fruits and vegetables were grown on the farm, Method of storing sweet potatoes explained, Father kept annual rainfall records which he later turned over to U. S. Department of Agriculture, Father also kept almanacs.

Tape 1, Side 2: Drought of 1918 discussed, Mother’s method of irrigation described, Father farmed from 1904 to 1948, Family raised their own pigs, Method of butchering discussed, Father was considered the community doctor and veterinarian, Father was a self-educated man, primarily in history, Was a church deacon, Served as president of the County School Board for many years, One of the first to advocate consolidation of school districts, Father was very meticulous about clearing weeds.

Range Dates: 1904-1948

Bulk Dates: 1904-1948

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