McDonald, John 1968-08-23

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John McDonald recalls his father, D. L. McDonald, and his interest and work in early irrigation in the Hereford, Texas, area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: John McDonald

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 23, 1968

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: Don Green

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: D. L. McDonald, father, Came to Panhandle from Ohio (1906), Selling land around Hereford, Dry weather, 1908 (?), First irrigation well drilled near Hereford (1909-1910), Well and pump described, Second well drilled (1910), Drilling rig bought (1910), Drilling wells described, Pumps and engines used, Interest in irrigation to develop, Hereford and the Panhandle, Anecdote about Brumley (?), a hog buyer, Why early irrigation failed to catch on, Interest in irrigation, McDonald farm and irrigation (1930s).

Tape 1, Side 2: Crops and livestock raised on early irrigated farms, Well drilled (1930), Depressions and panics did not worry father, Commercial wells drilled for towns and railroads.

Range Dates: 1906-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1906-1930s

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