McCarty, John L 1968-07-26

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John L. McCarty discusses his life and career as a journalist and historian in the Panhandle region, including specific data on local businesses and newspapers. He also recounts the various books he has written and published, as well as various experiences he encountered in the newspaper business.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: John L. McCarthy

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 26, 1968

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: Don Green

Length: 1 hour 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical material, Birthdate and place, Parents’ name and background, Childhood education, Middux Ranch life, Stamford, Texas—father’s occupation, Schools attended, Mountain school conditions, First spelling experience, Pameria—community nationalities, Stock boy wages, Idalou school conditions, Buildings, Prairie fire (1914)—location, Fire fighting techniques, Abernathy, Running to school, First newspaper job, Abernathy Breeze, Editor, Lubbock Avalanche, West Texas Normal School, First day, Restaurant work (1919), California, Los Angeles Examiner job, College jobs, Newspaper work (1921 First Historical Edition), Positions on Prairie, Amarillo Tribune wages, Amarillo News wages, Combining of Amarillo Daily News and Globe , 1925, Early magazine short stories, Dalhart Publishing Co. Purchase (1923), Amount of capital, Awards, Wheat prices and monthly profit (1931), Participation in Depression years (1929-1936), Democratic affiliation.

Tape 1, Side 2: Farmers Union and Farm Bureau (1917), Debates, New Deal, Attitude toward Hoover, FDR support, Dalhart (1922), Farmers’ plight, Unemployment, Town clean-up work, Soil conservation support, Soil conservation support, Amarillo Globe-News editorship and assoc. publisher, Constructive journalism, Booster spirit, Historical edition of Globe-News (1938), Profit, Book price, Contributors, Reason for leaving Globe-News, Gene Howe—short biography, Globe-News and Plains Radio Broadcasting Co., Affiliation, Working hours, Public Relations Work, Published works, Life insurance work, Money invested, Texas Insurance Commission Trouble, Channel 7 TV establishment, Naming of children, Remarriage, Amarillo Citizen editorship, Money invested, W. Rogers and Jack Seal political campaign, Reason for leaving Amarillo Citizen, Art interest and gallery, Newspaper men’s independence, 1967 financial situation, Irrigation Age Magazine job, Present job—Water News, Listing of small paper affiliations.

Tape 2, Side 1: Value of small-town paper work, First Panhandle Poetry anthology, Prairie Nights and Yucca, Contributors, Cost of book, Pages, Cover illustration, Number of books printed, Present value, Second anthology—Wind in the Cottonwood, Number of books printed, New Mexico in Verse, 1944 She-who-la (?) Dike 10-2-4 Ranch Booklet, Commission for book, Enchanted West, Number of books printed, Graduation address and B. S. degree, Presentation watch, Master’s Degree, Conservation plan, Thesis (Maverick Town), Honors received, Critics, Theme of book, Life of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Dixon, Adobe Walls Bride, Publishing controversy, Maverick Town copies sold, 1935—Who’s Who in America, 1921-Farm price controls, Newspaper orientation, TV influence, 1934 Editorial—old age pension, Value of Townsend Plan, Present taxing policy.

Tape 2, Side 2: Train death—report (1922), Burning death incident, Booster spirit, Stabbing incident, Support for community campaigns (Dalhart), Cleanup campaign, High school activities, Church brick, Planting elms, Liquor election (wet or dry), Local option election, Sunday motion pictures, Amarillo campaigns (1936-1937), Opinions on liquor, Death of Amarillo mayor.

Range Dates: 1900-1939

Bulk Dates: 1914-1937

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