Ratliff, Juanita 1981-12-19

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Juanita Ratliff, wife of attorney Carl E. Ratliff, talks about her background and their home at 2915 19th Street in Lubbock.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Juanita Ratliff

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: December 19, 1981

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Sheri Fields



Tape 1, Side 1: C. E. Ratliff’s family, Lived at Avenue X and 20th in Lubbock, Came from Anson, Jones County, Texas, To West Texas (1910), To Lubbock when Texas Tech opened, Juanita Ratliff, Met husband (C. E.) in Levelland, He was County Attorney, Levelland, Description of Levlland, Anecdote about daughter of Levelland superintendent, Dunn family, Well educated, Juanita Ratliff (again), First memories of Lubbock, Came here for Texas Tech (1928), Apprehensions, Freight train to Levelland, Grew up in Dallas, Education, Southern Methodist University, Oklahoma State University, Train to Levelland (again), Anecdote about cowboys on train, Railroad dignitaries, Courthouse groundbreaking, Description of Levelland area, Impressions of country, Hosts in Levelland, Strict Baptists, Bridge games, Dancing, Entertainment, Harley Sadler troop, Circus, Hunting, Juanita Ratliff (again), Lived in Levelland three years, Back to school in Dallas, Teaching in Garland, Family, Grew up in Dallas area, Mother, Back to Dallas to study (again), Returned to Levelland (1938), Husband, First home in Levelland, Planting trees, Moved to Lubbock (1948), Ratliff home, Reasons for choosing lot, First house on block, Neighbors, Mrs. Ridney, Joe Rae Watson, Underwood home, English home, Kreiger home, Green home, Chalk home, Oldest home, Anecdote about builders uncovering a well, Trees planted, Lots purchased from Roscoe Wilson, Roscoe Wilson, attorney, Improvements made to lot, Good location at the time, Near schools, Anecdote about "pleading" to purchase lots, Garages built, Apartment over garage, Lived there while house was being built, Design, Home designed by Ratliffs, Architect designed roof, Anecdote about drawing up plans, Builder Mr. Tucker, Mechanic, Carl E. Retliff, Built commercial buildings, Home (again), Anecdote about sending plans to architect, Solar heating, Bathrooms, Acquisition of building materials (World War II), Anecdote about bathroom tile, Carpeting, Bedroom tiles, Family lived in garage apartment, Servants’ quarters, Storage, Piano damaged by rain, One year to build, C. E. Ratliff, Law office in Lubbock, Semi-retired, Lands and other investments, Home (again), Ratliffs moved into house (1948), Never another owner, No remodeling.

Tape 1, Side 2: Uses of home, Rush parties, Ratliff children, Ladies club meetings, Present memberships held, Philosophy in child rearing, Traveling, Juanita Ratliff (again), Taught music, Plays piano and organ, Texas Tech, Growth, Teachers’ functions.

Range Dates: 1928-1960

Bulk Dates: 1938-1960

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