Koock, William 1976-02-03

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William Koock describes his life in Mason County, focusing on his business with the Dr. Pepper Company. He then gives a tour describing various landmarks and old buildings in and around the county seat of Mason.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: William Koock

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 03, 1976

Location: Mason, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Grandparents as German immigrants, Grandfather sold merchandise, Land accumulation, Unjust taxes, Father (1873-1911), Mother (1878-1972), To Mason from Gritt, Texas (1911), Grandfather in lumber and casket business, Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas, Bookkeeper for Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Mason, Depression, Changed to Dr. Pepper.

Tape 1, Side 2: Borrowing money during Depression, Prospector "hunting treasures", Plant operations, War causes rationing, Saving "old" corks, Putting lime in water, "Prune juice" taste to Dr. Pepper, Prospecting, Different bottlers for Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper, Deer in Mason County, Texas.

Tape 2, Side 1: Showing old buildings in Mason, Grandmother danced with Robert E. Lee, Log cabin, Description of cabin, Description of furniture, Quilting, Tank rest, Spring house, First store in Mason, Family members, Various old houses in Mason, Old businesses in Mason.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1873-1976

Bulk Dates: 1911-1976

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