McMenamy, Louis 1974-05-07

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Louis McMenamy, farmer and longtime resident of Shallowater, discusses general farming practices.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Louis McMenamy

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 07, 1974

Location: Shallowater, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Discusses family background, Parents bought land in Lubbock in 1924, Summarizes farming practices of parents, Schooling traced, Began irrigating in 1937, Started his own farming operation in 1950s, Names crops he grew, Mentions farm machinery used, Hired migrant labor, Cost increase in labor noted.

Tape 1, Side 2: Bought farm in Castro County in 1960s, Later sold it, Water depletion discussed, Father was involved in farm cooperatives, Change to electricity noted, States opinion on centralized ginning concept, Discusses farm organizations, Irrigation used, Traces development of his operation, Continues discussion of water depletion, Experimented with cotton varieties, Bought first cotton stripper in 1957, Describes chemical products used, Mentions crop rotation.

Range Dates: 1924-1974

Bulk Dates: 1937-1960s

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