Klattenhoff, Mr and Mrs Magnus 1974-09-16

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The Klattenhoffs discuss Mr. Klattenhoff’s father, an early Lubbock County farm salesman, and their own experiences on the family farm near Posey, Texas, as part of Lubbock County’s agricultural history.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Magnus

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 16, 1974

Location: Posey, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Reviews personal and family history, Father traded mercantile store in Taylor, Texas, for Floyd County land, Bought land near Posey, Texas, Family moved to Lubbock County (1911), Mentions railroad service to area, Discusses father’s business in real estate, Recalls that father contributed land for churches, Explains reasons for tenants, Outlines "proving up" land, Father sometimes hired Mexicans to grub pastures, Names cars that father owned, Talks about promotion efforts, German-Americans mentioned, Describes immigrant railroad cars and arrivals, Mexican laborers caused loss of money (1919), Mentions black harvest workers, Speculates on those who left area.

Tape 1, Side 2: Explains color scheme for houses and windmills, Says that father borrowed from in-laws, Mentions black sharecropper, Recalls his own start in farming (1930), Prairie fire recalled, Remembers cotton sled stripper (1925), Discusses implements like go-devils, Describes wind generator-charges batteries for electricity, Tells about ice and butane systems, Discusses windmill, Recalls irrigation and cites expenses as reason for reluctance to install pumps, First well in Lubbock County, Drilled well on Posey land (1955), Gives measurement of tenant houses.

Tape 2, Side 1: Tractors on his farm discussed, Mentions first tractor in Lubbock County area (1915-1916), Maintains that all agricultural improvements work together, Mercantile store ledger examined, Discuss Magnus Klattenhoff’s father, Describe antique cotton stripper.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1911-1955

Bulk Dates: 1911-1930

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