Stall, Mrs Grace Hurd 1958-07-16
Mrs. Stall, whose family immigrated to the South Plains from Oklahoma, gives her recollections of Lubbock at the turn of the century and its early growth.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: Mrs. Grace Hurd Stall
Additional Parties Recorded: None
Date: July 16, 1958
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Interviewer: Jean A. Paul
Length: 2 hours
Tape 1, Side 1: Living in tents in Lubbock,
Travel to South Plains from the Indian Territory,
Incident of prairie fire while en route,
Uncle Hank Smith’s rock house and Charles Hawes,
Ascent of Caprock with loaded wagon,
Stop in Crosbyton to re-shoe mules,
Cattle and mirages on the High Plains,
Coyotes and antelope,
Rugs made from antelope hides,
Water troughs and board sidewalks in Lubbock (1906),
Hardships involved in living in tents on Plains.
Tape 1, Side 2: Springtime sandstorms,
Snowstorms and tragedies (1917),
Home fuel and electricity (1912),
First railroad building ventures,
Bathroom and a grand piano in a three-room house,
Lubbock’s ranching economy,
Experimental farming (1906),
Early irrigation attempts,
World War I and changeover to farming economy,
Influenza epidemic after the war so severe and ground frozen so that graves had to be dynamited in the caliche.
Father’s Indian remedies—herbs, etc.
Tape 2, Side 1: Announcement of World War I in Lubbock,
Popular resentment against war,
Central Ward School in Lubbock,
Severe windstorm fells roof of school,
War bond rallies,
Armistice in Lubbock,
Whistle atop light plant used as warning signal,
Fourth of July celebrations,
Band concerts on Saturday afternoons at courthouse square,
New band uniforms,
Dr. Rump’s "Haunted House" in Lubbock.
Tape 2, Side 2: J. W. Graves’ gristmill in Lubbock
Canning and preserving garden produce
Early school days
Ranch children boarded in town
Early schoolrooms and furnishings
School programs on Friday nights at Central Ward
Wrestling matches in Lubbock
First county fair (1912)
Molly Bailey Circus and local home-talent shows
Harley Sadler’s traveling stock company.
Range Dates: 1900-1920
Bulk Dates: 1906-1920
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