Puckett, Wiley 1958-07-25

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Wiley Puckett, one-time shooting gallery operator and bicycle shop owner, talks about his life and various occupations as a general handyman since his arrival in Lubbock in the early 1900s. With the backing of Joe Earhart, he invented an automobile tire, which he unsuccessfully tried to patent but finally abandoned after much expense and threatened litigation for patent infringement.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Wiley Puckett

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 25, 1958

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jean A. Paul

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Description of Lubbock County Courthouse square, Blacksmith shop, Bicycle shop, Shooting gallery.

Tape 1, Side 2: Impromptu bicycle races, Foot races and wrestling matches, Auto races.

Tape 2, Side 1: Chasing antelope in autos, Abundance of wildlife on South Plains, Hunting trips, Land business on commission, Sudan grass craze.

Tape 2, Side 2: Puckett invents automobile tire.

Range Dates: Early 1900s

Bulk Dates: Early 1900s

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