Tate, George M 1984, 1990

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George M Tate, former South Plains resident, discusses farming, maize, cotton, irrigation, Texas Tech and dairy operations. He then reviews his experiences in the West Texas ranching industry.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: George M. Tate

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 11, 1984; March 29, 1990

Location: Weatherford, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason and Robert Clark

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: George M. Tate, Born: December 9, 1911 in Okeene, Oklahoma, To Akin, Reasons, Land promoters, Farm, Size, Location, Akin School, Students, Neighbors, Crops, Irrigation well, Pump, Description, Irrigation technique, Cream, Transportation, Arch Lamb, Maize, J. E. Mackelroy, elevator operator, Thrashing machine, Kaffir corn, Description, Hygira Maize (early 1970s), Cash crops, Feed crops, Cotton, Cash benefits, Team animals, Horses, Reasons, Advantages over mules, Equipment, Two-row Lister, Tractor (1923).

Tape 1, Side 2: Harvest, Technique, Thrashing, Technique, Winter wheat, Kansas, Black hull wheat (mid 1920s), Cotton (again), Irrigation (1918-1927), Varieties, Storm proof, Gin (Akin, Texas), Pearson sections, Colonel Pearson, Texas Land Development Company, Description, Labor, Operations, Texas Land Development Company (again), Demonstration farms, Colonel Pearson’s death, Thrashing (again), Custom work, Weather, Blizzard, Description, Cattle, Sandstorms (1926), Black Sunday (April 23, 1935), Tate (again), To Texas Tech, Living quarters, Garvin Tate, cousin, Free ride, FDR’s NWA program, Financial assistance, Mr. Ford, Cotton farm, Texas Tech (1930), Description, Campus life, Anecdote: about the boys chasing a rabbit, Curriculum.

Tape 2, Side 1: Tate (again), Animal Husbandry, his major, Vocational Agriculture, minor, Teaching career, Eola, Texas, Texas Tech (again), Anecdote: boys’ involvement in an eraser fight, Instructors, Incident: Masked Rider, Origin, Arch Lamb, Need for a pep squad, Switch to the Red Raiders, Pete Cawthon’s idea, Arch Lamb (again), Red Raider Rider (September 26, 1936), Crowd’s reaction, Saddle Tramp organization, Red Raider (again), Uniform, Tate (again), Teaching career (again), Job opportunity (Spring 1939), Interview (Fort Worth, Texas), Ranches, To Weatherford, Texas (again), Housing, Wages, Ranch, Hired hands (laborers), Tate’s raise, Operations, Cattle and goat buyer, Acquisition of new ranches, Apache Ranch, Fruit and vegetable industry, Onion crop.

Tape 2, Side 2: Onion crop (continued), Slaughter’s Veal Ranch, Size, Sale, Other ranches, Tate (again), Ranching interest, Feedlot business (1968), Family life, Drought, Goat business.

Tape 3, Side 1: Background, Born: 1911, Parents, To Texas, Grandparents, Immigration, Grandfather, Oklahoma settlement, Family to Texas Panhandle (1914), Texas Land and Development, Children, Education, Attending Texas Tech, Employment, Garland Tate, Return home, Getting shot by neighbor, Help from National Youth Administration to finish college, Employment, Teaching vocational agriculture, Eola, Texas.

Tape 3, Side 2: First ranching job with Wyatt Hedrick, Expansion of ranch properties, Wyatt Hedrick, Death, Character, Personality, Operating Apache Ranch, Kansas (1973-80), Building ranch for daughter, Weatherford, Texas, Tech career, Development of Masked Rider (1936), First ride at TCU game, First Tech Rodeo, Hackberry Johnson, General Reminiscences.

Range Dates: 1911-1990

Bulk Dates: 1911-1990

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