Monk, J W 1973-07-09
J. W. Monk, retired Director of Public Utilities in Dallas, discusses that city’s public utilities.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: J.W. Monk
Additional Parties Recorded: None
Date: July 09, 1973
Location: Dallas, Texas
Interviewer: Harry Jebson and Patty Hogan
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Tape 1, Side 1: Personal background,
How he got job as Director of Public Utilities,
Went back to school,
Retired in 1962,
Reorganization of electric utilities in 1943,
Transportation problems recalled,
Lists companies which had to be regulated,
Transit strike discussed.
Tape 1, Side 2: Recalls when Dallas Power and Light made an application,
to the city to purchase land,
After much study they did purchase land,
Built a pump station to pump water,
City limits set up by this land,
Land was annexed by the city,
Dallas Power & Light now has 4 generating stations,
Flood gates mentioned,
Dallas parks requested better lighting,
Explains location of lighting,
Recalls first underground wiring,
Speculates on its future importance,
Anecdote about a street light,
Further discusses street lighting.
Tape 2, Side 1: Street lighting (continued),
Recalls construction of the Republic National Bank,
Problems in lighting discussed,
Describes pressure placed on public utilities,
Objections to the Prisoner of war camp near White Rock Lake,
1930s conflict with the Public Utilities Board and the gas company,
His ex-boss purchased land and gave it to the city,
Talks about his gall bladder problems,
City government discussed.
Tape 2, Side 2: Dallas parks public utilities rates.
Range Dates: 1930-1973
Bulk Dates: 1930-1962
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