Roberson, Hugh 1985-06-10

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Hugh Roberson reminisces about his life on the South Plains, including his involvement in farming and his knowledge of the histories of ranching and Texas Tech University.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Hugh Roberson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 10, 1985

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Grandfather: Thomas Roberson, To Deaf Smith County (1900), Father to Martin County, Texas (1910), Building house, Farming, Cotton prices, Ranching, Martin County, Texas, Wildlife (1910), Prairie chickens, Antelope, Prairie dogs, Poisoning, Rattlesnakes, Mail Delivery (1918), Telephone service (1917), Installation, Party line, Neighboring, Farmer/rancher conflict, Roberson family land, Mineral rights, Stanton, Texas, Public buildings, Properties of Catholic Church, Martin County Reunion, C. C. Slaughter, Description, Automobile and driver, Lifestyle, early 20th century, Heating, Mesquite and cow chips from Slaughter Ranch.

Tape 1, Side 2: Mesquite and cow chips (continued), Diet, Pork, Home slaughter and cure, Beef, Storage, Crime deterrence, Anecdote: Colts returned from Slaughter, Ranch, Slaughter cowboys, Neighboring (again), Slaughter Ranch (again), Farmer/rancher conflict, Ordering house from Sears and Roebuck, Changes in region, Homes, Wildlife, Buffalo, Hunting, Fowl, Rabbits, Ranching, Breeds raised, Grazing land, Marketing, Income for young men, Animal bounties.

Tape 2, Side 1: Climate, Drought (1917-1918), To East Texas to pick cotton, Purchase of land, Improvements, Saw mill operation, To Estacado (1919), School elections (1920s), Farming, Livestock raised, Crops raised, Feed crops, Cotton, Prices, Planting, Delinted seed, School system, Texas Tech (1928), Establishment, Celebratory BBQ, Coffee, Bands, Foods, Preparation, Menu, Donation of beeves, Turnout, Dance, Buildings in first year, Dr. Paul W. Horn, Anecdote: Technological hamburgers, Landscape and furnishings, Hauling chairs for college, Funding, Attempt by Legislature to close University, Landscaping (again), Trees, J. H. Grimsley, Anecdote: Making Freshmen mow lawn.

Tape 2, Side 2: Treatment of Freshmen, Courses taken, Lack of funds, Favors from administration, Family pressures, J. P. Smith, Dennis Van Zandt, Student census (1928), Farm land, Herschel Bell, Ministerial vocation, Receiving the call (1948), Health problems, Demands of pastoring, Helping new churches build membership, Age, Richard Mason, Family background, Education, Employment history, Archival value of tape interview, Cecil Kelsey, Family background, Character, Family background (again), Horace Roberson, Playing basketball at Tech, Roberson quit.

Range Dates: 1910-1985

Bulk Dates: 1910-1935

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