Lowe, William Frederick 1958-07-12
William Frederick Lowe, supervisor for the Texas Land and Development Company from 1919 to 1946, describes his work and makes observations on South Plains agriculture in general.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: William Frederick Lowe
Additional Parties Recorded: None
Date: July 12, 1958
Location: Plainview, Texas
Interviewer: Bill Brunson
Length: 30 minutes
Tape 1, Side 1: Describes early life in Iowa and Kansas,
Moved to Plainview in 1919 for Texas Land and Development Company,
Speculates why Captain Winfield Holbrook hired him,
Land company near bankruptcy,
Gives work schedule and impression of associates,
Division of land for supervision, 1920,
Experiments in horses, dairy cattle, fruits and vegetables,
Land sales beginning early,
States opinion of policies and relations with employees and tenants,
Assesses company contribution, especially irrigation,
Repeats that liquidation of assets had begun in 1916,
Land was sold primarily to tenants,
Notes that region lacked fruit and vegetable marketing,
Remembers alfalfa in White River Valley,
Tells story about oat crop in valley,
Speculates on crops in South Plains.
Tape 1, Side 2: Wheat predominate in 1919,
Replaced by cotton and grain sorghum.
Range Dates: 1916-1946
Bulk Dates: 1919-1946
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