Schlenker, Carl 1974-06-01

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Carl Schlenker, longtime resident of Friona, talks about general farming techniques of his grandparents, his parents, and his own.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Carl Schlenker

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 01, 1974

Location: Friona, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Parents homesteaded in New Mexico (1912), Grandparents bought land from Southwest Land Company, Sod crop of grandparents mentioned, Comments on dry years, Cattle shoot program of 1930s mentioned, Discussion of grandparents (continued), Recollections of grass fire in 1906, Parents’ farming operation explained, Grandfather brought hogs to this area, Discusses the crane problem, Insect problems of 1920s-1930s recalled, Cites changes in maize and obtaining seed, Raising cotton explained, Mentions general lifestyle, Bought land about 1937.

Tape 1, Side 2: Parents used farm labor, Farming changes in 1928 discussed, Blowing sand a result of cultivation, Used bracero labor, Bracero program explained, Growth of farming operation traced, Comments on irrigation, Speculations on water depletion, Discusses weather controls, Problems with irrigation discussed, Financing farm machinery mentioned, Lists rising costs on the farm, Recalls first using chemical products, Comments on vegetable farming.

Tape 2, Side 1: Participated in cooperatives, Discusses importance of cooperatives, Comments on Farm Bureau, Causes of drop in beef market explained, Worked with Soil Conservation, Tells about European vacation, Recalls Agricultural Trade Show, Cites consolidations of farms, Notes growth of farm specialization and improved housing facilities, Tells about town changes.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1906-1974

Bulk Dates: 1912-1937

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