Martin, Will Massie 1995-12-02

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Will Martin reminisces about his life spent in Floyd County, Texas, a span that encompasses most of the 20th century. This includes reflections on technological change and early West Texas culture.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Will Massie Martin

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: December 02, 1995

Location: None Given

Interviewer: Lea Wilson

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Will Martin, b: 1908, Floyd County, Texas, Population, Childhood memories, Floyd County early days, Subsistence farming, Peanut farming, Grassland, Transportation, Early autos, Surrounding towns, Technology, Gramophone, Record players, Telephones, Floydada, Texas, Businesses, Auto/horses problems, Businesses (again), Business trends, 1920s, Depression, Impact of big business/farming, Friendliness, Farm work, Equipment, Mechanization—1920s, Farmalls, John Deere, Cotton stripper (slides), Picking vs pulling cotton, Will Martin (again), Father, Depression in Floyd County, Cow chips for fuel, Blank last five minutes of side one.

Tape 1, Side 2:Blank first five minutes, Depression (continued), Cow chips (continued), Wood availability, Money shortage, Hard winters, Quilts, Feeding livestock, Medical care—Floydada, Texas, Dr. R. C. Andrews, Smith Sanitarium, George and Lon Smith, Childress Sanitarium, Birthing, Will Martin (again), Born in dugout, Dr. Guthrie, Floydada Museum, Refrigeration in early days, Anecdote about wedding, Early aircraft, Barnstormers, World War II, Impact of Pearl Harbor, Aircraft flying over, Early Floyd County (again), Mr. Massey—land agent, Floydada town land, First National Bank, President Ferris, Clyde Nelson, Will Martin, Favorite memories, Family and friends, Marriage, Articles written.

Range Dates: 1908-1995

Bulk Dates: 1920s-1930s

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