Thompson, Eugene 1975-11-05

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Eugene "Shorty" Thompson, retired hotel manager, discusses his past, including his responsibilities and experiences at the Birch Hotel in Breckenridge.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Eugene Thompson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: November 05, 1975

Location: Breckenridge, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 2 hours 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Grandparents, Alabama, Robert S. Scott, Father, Andrew Thompson, High School, Nacogdoches, Texas, Valedictorian (1913), University of Texas, Scholarship, Teacher’s certificate, War, Career teaching, Superintendent, Chireno High School, Hardward’s store (1920), Breckenridge, Texas, Train, Roads, Housing, Finances, Loans, Depression, Leases.

Tape 1, Side 2: Brother, Claude Thompson, Postmaster (1933), Hotel, Austin, Texas (1916), Night clerk, Manager (3 months), Hotel, Breckenridge, Manager, Salary, Real estate, Hotel (1931), Loans.

Tape 2, Side 1: Partnership closed, Real estate, Sold to Mr. Wimberly, Breckenridge (1920), Civic activities, Mason, Lions’ Club, President, American Legion, Commander, Chamber of Commerce, President, Oil boom, Birch Hotel (1927), First National Bank, Independents, Drilling, Tarva S. Barrett, First oil well in Texas, Nacogdoches County, Texas, Died (1913), Beaumont, Texas, Spindletop well, Humble Oil Company, Texas Oil Company, Magnolia Oil Company, Gulf Oil Company, Jake Sanford, Investments, Big Bend National Park, Parks Board.

Tape 2, Side 2: Big Bend National Park (continued), Land prices, Lawsuits, Funds, Senator Townsend, Land Commissioner Giles, Scandal, Football, Breckenridge, Peak (1931), District, won (1929), Coaches (1929-1931), Betting on games, Football, Big League, Blinking Buzzards (1923), College team played Buzzards, College ex-football stars’ team.

Tape 3, Side 1: Birch Hotel, Former owners, Coffee shop, Conrad Hilton, Hotel career, Big Bend National Park pictures, Birch Hotel (again), Club rooms, Famous boarders, Texas Tech.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1913-1931

Bulk Dates: 1913-1931

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