Taylor, Grimm 1977-10-08

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Grimm Taylor, former city/county commissioner, discusses his family background and the area around Rankin during the height of the oil boom in the 1920s and 1930s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Grimm Taylor

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 08, 1977

Location: Rankin, Texas

Interviewer: Bobby Weaver

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Moved from Oklahoma to Texas (1903), Settled in Tahoka, Texas, Moved to Poe, Texas (1906-1907), Moved to Marshall, Texas, Moved to Sheffield, Texas, Father, Mercantile store, Freight business, Partners, Ben S. Taylor and J. H. Phelps, Sheep (1920), Worked on ranches, Teaming work (1919), Rankin, Texas, Feed business, Started teaming, McCamey, Texas, started (1925), Railroad through Rankin (1912), Schools, Graduated (1917), Roads, Oil, Jim Robbins, Iraan, Texas, Origin of name "Iraan", Ira and Ann Yates, Effects of Depression, County Commissioner, City Commissioner, School Trustee, Wife died (1974), Children, Origin of name "Rankin".

Tape 1, Side 2: Origin of name "Rankin" (continued), Rankin brothers, Midkiff family, Ad and Henry Neal, Noelke estate, O. W. Parker, Law enforcement, Past and present, Texas Rangers, Prohibition, Bootlegging, Oil, Texon (1924), First oil in West Texas, Best, Texas, McCamey, Texas (1925), Iraan and Crane fields (1927).

Range Dates: 1903-1977

Bulk Dates: 1903-1974

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