Nelson, Lomer 1979-07-03

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Lomer Nelson, retired Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reporter, discusses his life in early Lubbock and the role he played at Texas Tech during the 1930s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lomer Nelson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 03, 1979

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Bobby Weaver

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Father, To Lubbock (1890), Freighter, Lubbock, Texas, Population (1910), Neighborhoods, Water supply, Butter churning, Ice delivery, Canning, Storm cellars, Tornadoes, Fear, Roads, Sidewalks, Nicolett Hotel, Saturday shopping, Choice as site for Texas Tech, Citizen reaction, Legislation required, Celebration (August 28, 1923), Cotton, First crop (1896), Entertainment, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, Circuses, Harley Sadler’s Tent Show, Buster Brown, Lyric Theatre, Dances, Merrill Hotel, Post office, Texas Tech University, The Toreador, editor, Journalism Department.

Tape 1, Side 2: Texas Tech University (continued), The Toreador, Freedom of speech, Professors, Dismissal, Pete Cawthon, football coach, The Toreador, Restrictions on articles, Tech Press, Harry Grane, founder, Graduation, Employment, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, West Texas papers, Early printing equipment, Journalists, Salary, Banks (1930-1938), First National, Citizens National, Lubbock National, Texas Tech University, Auditorium, Land owners, Unreasonable prices, Campus size.

Range Dates: 1890-1938

Bulk Dates: 1890-1938

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