Studdard, George B 1981-02-13

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George Studdard discusses the operations of the Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company and the town of Thurber, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: George B. Studdard

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 13, 1981

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 3 hours 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Anecdote, Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, O. E. Mitchell, vice president, To Fort Worth, Texas (July 1, 1933), Sam M. Greenridge, research engineer, Charter granted (1888), Ed S. Britton, Texas Ranger, Anecdote, W. K. Gordon, Miners’ strikes, Oil discovered (1917), McClesky #1.

Tape 1, Side 2: Texas and Pacific Coal and Oil Company (continued), Oil and gas exploration, Hubert Mitchell, Brann Pipes, driver, Coal output records, 25^th anniversary report, W. K. Gordon (again), Surface geology, Edgar L. Marston, Badger fights, Thurber Country Club, Lawrence Welk, Thurber, Texas, Population, Fuels, Market.

Tape 2, Side 1: Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company (again), Emphasis to oil (1920), Coal mines, Vertical, Slope, J. D. Miller, Elro Gas Company, Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company (again), Tax department, Company founders, Edgar L. Marston (again), E. J. Marston, son, W. K. Gordon, Jr., Incorporation (October 4, 1888), Herman W. Knox, treasurer, Oil prices, Wells, Lay-out, Drilling techniques, Wooden derricks, Texaco Oil Company.

Tape 2, Side 2: Thurber baseball team, Thurber Journal, Coal mines, Jim Blakemore, Pink Wylie, Ed A. Britton (again), Retirement, Marksmanship, Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company (again), Fire (September 14, 1930), Causes, Firemen, Anecdote, Thurber, Texas (again), Population decline, Wine making, Prohibition, Bootleggers.

Tape 3, Side 1: Thurber: Wonder City of the West, Brick making, Streets paved, Thurber, Texas (again), Brick plant, House addresses, Churches, Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company (again), Extraction plant, Utilities, Refineries, Lone Star Gas Company, Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company (again), Employees, Ethnic background, Brann Pipes (again), Miners’ coaches, Ranger, Texas, Depot, Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company employees, Building locations.

Tape 3, Side 2: Thurber, Texas (again), Buildings, Company office, Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company (again), Thomas R. Hall, paymaster, Mine payroll, Private, Mine, Systems of payment, Company scrip, Move to Fort Worth (July 1, 1933), Thurber citizens identified, Clint Kimbro, Cicero Harris, band director, E. R. Willett, Dean Bowers, Thurber businesses.

Tape 4, Side 1: A. S. Goetz, sales manager, Charlie Randall, pit boss, O. E. Mitchell, comptroller (again), W. J. Ochiltree, treasurer, Shale Mountain, Excavation, Vitrification, Narrow gauge railroad, "Brick row" neighborhood, Brick plant, Kilns, Brick making process, Golson Hotel, Bricks, Thurber Construction Company, J. I. Norman.

Tape 4, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1888-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1917-1933

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