Stokes, W N 1972-10-03

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W. N. Stokes, former executive in Texas Farm Credit Banks, discusses his business and naval career, his written history of farm credit organizations and cooperatives, and his interest in literature.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W.N. Stokes

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 03, 1972

Location: Lake Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background information, Recalls father’s appointment to District Judge and Court of Civil Appeals, Received education at Baylor, Graduation from Yale Law School (1933), Experiences working with Farm Credit Administration, Career with Houston bank for cooperatives, Traces development of Lubbock’s South Plains Co-op Cotton Oil Mill, Roy Davis, Co-op Mill manager, mentioned, Lists cotton seed prices on the Plains, Naval career reviewed, Protecting the Panama Canal, Recalls Charles Darwin’s work on the Galapagos Islands, Description of wildlife on the Galapagos Islands, Reveals Japanese plan to attack the Panama Canal in World War II, Norwegian colony on the Galapagos Islands described.

Tape 1, Side 2: Working as attorney for Houston and Dallas banks, Explains federal legislation concerning agricultural federal lending agencies, History of Production Credit System written by Stokes, Lists sources used in the history, Anecdote concerning an attempt to exclude members from the Baptist Church at Vernon and Ku Klux Klan activities, Dance bands in the 1920s revealed, Reveals personal interest in Shakespeare, Expresses ideas on recording local folklore and collecting local history, Interest in cattle industry studied.

Range Dates: 1933-1972

Bulk Dates: 1933-1972

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