Lindsey, Mrs M C 1956, 1975, 1978

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Mrs. Lindsey talks about her life in early Lamesa, recalls the formative roles of Slaughter Ranch employees in early Dawson County, and presents biographical data on her late husband, an outstanding businessman in oil and real estate.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. M.C. Lindsey

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 31, 1956; May 13, 1975; February 20, 1978

Location: Lamesa, Texas

Interviewer: Seymour V. Connor, David Murrah, Bobby Weaver

Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes (total)


Tape 1, Side 1: Lindsey’s early life in Henderson, Eastland and Palo Pinto counties, Personality and friends at University of Texas described, Lindsey’s first marriage to Eunice Cunningham, Worked as a bank cashier, Lindsey’s parents moved to South Plains for mother’s health, Father’s interest in Lamesa townsite stressed, Settled where Williams Hotel is now, Lindsey followed parents to Lamesa (1903), Describes origins of Lamesa and Dawson County, Mentions Chicago, county seat rival, Founded (1893), C. C. Slaughter’s mail contract, Lindsey first Dawson County judge at age 28, Wife died (1905), Mrs. Lindsey describes her first trip to Lou, Texas, to teach school (1908), Lindsey’s real estate-abstract business discussed, Meeting and marriage noted.

Tape 1, Side 2: Early recreation mentioned, Move to Gaines County ranch during World War I and after, Economic reverses touched upon, Private teachers listed, Return to Lamesa and to prosperity in oil (1924), Depression and Lindsey’s purchase of county road right-of-way, Comments on knowledge of husband’s affairs, Generalized about Lindsey’s business life and anecdotes, Heart attack and other misfortunes mentioned, Summarizes Lindsey’s political activities, Characterizes Lindsey’s personality and philosophy of life.

Tape 2, Side 1: Slaughter Ranch discussed, C. C. Slaughter recalled, Bob Simpson, a Slaughter employee, discussed, Slaughter employees mentioned, Husband’s work in developing Lamesa and Dawson County, Col. Slaughter’s farewell visit to Dawson County (1916), Col. Slaughter’s children mentioned, Other Slaughter employees noted.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Husband, Lamesa, Texas (1902), J. J. Lindsey, Henderson County, Texas, Husband, Employment, Lamesa (1908), Teacher, Lamesa, C. C. Slaughter, Cowboys as settlers, Dawson County, Texas, Comanche settlers, C. C. Slaughter, Pasture land, Ranald S. Mackenzie (1874), M. C. Lindsey, County Judge, Lindsey home described, Inexpensive land, Water supply, Farming, (?) Conner, Church land donated, Lamesa, Growth, Transportation, Sandstorms, Farming, Dry land, Recreation, Churches, Schools, Description, Teachers and administrators.

Tape 3, Side 2: Annual county meetings, Tree planting campaign (1932), Oil drilling, Railroad routes (1910), Coal as fuel.

Range Dates: 1874-1940

Bulk Dates: 1893-1932

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