Rigdon, Floyd B and Virginia 1982-02-09

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Newspaper owner and publisher Floyd Rigdon and his wife Virginia discuss the newspaper business in Carlsbad.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Floyd B. and Virginia Rigdon

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 09, 1982

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Music collection, Born: Newkirk, Oklahoma (c. 1902), Early interest in printing, Early work, Education, Baker University, Baldwin, Kansas, Denver University, Denver, Colorado, News reporter, Newkirk, News correspondent, Wichita, Kansas, Kansas City Star, Oklahoma City, Blackwell, Oklahoma, Wages during Depression, News stories, Maude, Oklahoma newspaper (1933), Bought El Paso Times, Dorrance Roderick, Bought Carlsbad, New Mexico Current-Argos (1933), Sold paper (1966), Equipment, Color printing press, Bartering during Depression, Dust storms, Staff, Awards, Rodeo involvement, Goat roping club, Calf roping, National Rodeo Cowboy Association, Carlsbad Current-Argos, Sold to Jim Scripts, New Mexico Newspaper Hall of Fame (1977).

Tape 1, Side 2: Community activities, Chair, United Fund, City Council, State Fair Commission, Chair, New Mexico Racing Commission, Carlsbad C-A (again), Staff (again), Characteristics of a good community newspaper, Carlsbad C-A (again), Editorials, Jack Sitton, editor, Kenneth Dickson, reporter, Role of newspaper in community development, Characteristics of good reporters, Old and new papers and reporters compared, Large newspaper chains, Carlsbad economy, Caverns tourists, Potash industry, Irrigated agriculture, Gas and oil, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Chamber of Commerce, Miners’ Union, Unions and newspapers, Newspaper work, Trail rides in California.

Range Dates: 1902-1977

Bulk Dates: 1933-1950

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