Kucera, H P 1973-06-14

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H. P. Kucera, former Dallas city attorney, discusses Dr. Samuels’ contribution to Dallas parks and his own role as legal representative for the Dallas park department, as well as his family history.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: H.P. Kucera

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 14, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Harry Jebsen, Robert Newton

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Work with Dallas Park Board reviewed, Dr. Samuels’ contribution noted, Land use of Samuels’ donation described, Sale of part of Samuels’ property and acquisition of additional park property examined, Acquisition and use of White Rock Lake mentioned, Investigation into park department abuses discussed, (Pause in tape), Dr. Samuels’ characterized, Review of personal, family history, Review of professional history, Dallas zoning case recounted, Park scandal discussed, Park’s acquisition of slum property noted, L. B. Houston characterized.

Tape 1, Side 2: L. B. Houston (continued), Legal cases involving Dallas parks recalled, Recollection of legal work involving Centennial, Family history traced to Austin, Family immigration and Texas activities recalled, Reasons for immigration given, (Pause in tape), Samuels’ contribution claimed as turning point in park history, Attitude toward minorities expressed, Park leaders named.

Range Dates: 1829s-1950s

Bulk Dates: 1930s-1950s

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