Lynch, Jack 1983-04-15

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Jack Lynch discusses his experience farming in and around Dell City, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Jack Lynch

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 15, 1983

Location: Dell City, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Father: James Lynch, Ireland to Alaska, Farming—Mexico, Crops grown, Chinese immigrant labor, Organization, Reputation, Farm operation, Expropriation of foreign holdings, Water quality, San Joaquin Valley project, Dell City property, Drilling water wells, Purchase terms, Cotton farming—Dell City, Texas (1950s), Drilling wells (again), Depth, Cost, Butane, Pipeline system, Irrigation, Necessity, Cost, Ditches, Water drainage, Remedies, Sprinkler system, Drawbacks, Techniques, California experience, Compare and contrast of East and West Dell Valley, Soils, Labor, Bracero program, Migrant labor, Abundance, Switch from farming to cattle, Energy cost and commodity price, Financing, El Paso bankers, Production Credit Association, Cow/calf operation, Required acreage, Supplements, Feeding operation.

Tape 1, Side 2: Change in crops grown in Dell Valley, Cotton, Varieties grown, Water requirements, Water table, Origin of water, Change of crops (again), Alfalfa, Benefits, Mechanization, Labor, Housing costs, Mechanical pickers, Strippers, Cost cuts, Machinery costs, Change of crops (again), Alfalfa (again), Small grain, Vegetables, Vegetable farming, Promotion of tomatoes, Labor requirements, Prices, Marketing, Brokers, Profitability, Superiority of product, Conservation practices in valley, Water, Soil, Gypsum content in soil, Underground Water Conservation District, Origin, Funding, Original 100 sections of Lynch land, 1950, Drilling wells, Peak acreage, Wilbur Packer, Anderson-Clayton gins, Land prices, 1950, Bud Merrill.

Range Dates: 1900-1983

Bulk Dates: 1940-1950

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