Tate, Viola and G D 1984-09-10

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The Tates, early South Plains residents, reminisce about Denver City, G. D.’s teaching career, and tent cities.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Viola and G.D. Tate

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 10, 1984

Location: Denver City, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: G. D. Tate, To Denver City, Texas (1939-1940), Reasons, Moving his house, Denver City High School, Teaching staff, School Board, School District, Boundary lines, County line suit, Oil fields, Anecdote: playing their first football game, School spirit, State Inspectors, Teachers (again), Qualifications, Wages, Sligo Independent School District, Name’s origin (from Sligo, Ireland), Affiliation with the state’s school program, Transporting students, Tents, Tent City, Anecdote: Two-story tent, Denver City, Texas, Post Office, Churches, Motel, Denver City High School (again), Tent City students.

Tape 1, Side 2: Denver City High School (continued), Financial resources, Quality of the residents, Lack of the rough element, Reasons, Quality of the students, Denver City (again), Tent camps (again), Seagraves banker, School annual (yearbook), Denver City High (again), First graduating class, Mr. Jones, Career.

Tape 2, Side 1: Gilmer-Akin Laws (early to mid-1930s), School integration, Minority representation, Teachers (again), Qualifications (again), Tate (again), Burke, Texas, First oil well, Occupation, Honolulu Oil Company, Churches in Burke, Funerals, G. D. Tate’s role, Lack of cemetery, Viola and G. D.’s first meeting, W. T. Clements’ role, Courtship, Lockney, Texas, Irrigation, Plainview, Texas vs. Lubbock, Texas, Texas Tech University, Tate (again), Teaching career (again), Reasons, Wayland College, Denver City High (again), Mascot, School colors.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1939-1984

Bulk Dates: 1939-1960s

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