Thomas, J B 1981-02-11

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J. B. Thomas relates information about early utility companies and their role in the growth of West Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J.B. Thomas

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 11, 1981

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Utility business, West Texas cities, Municipal development, Water, Energy source, Born: San Marcos, Texas (July 19, 1891), Family history, Texas Power and Light, Employment, Lake J. B. Thomas, Electric utility business (1900s), Interconnections, Fuels, Oil, Natural gas, Lignite, Problems, Texas Electric Service Company (TESCO), Sources of capital, Political influence, Government regulation.

Tape 1, Side 2: Texas Power and Light (again), Land acquisition, West Texas Utilities Company, Burkburnett, Texas, Oil boom, Crime, Electric companies, Financing, Labor force, Growth, Water supply, Legal aspects, Role in community development, Odessa, Texas, West Texas, Growth, Colorado Municipal Water District, Leaders, Qualities.

Range Dates: 1891-1930

Bulk Dates: 1900-1930

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