Wasson, Hanley 1959-08-19

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Hanley Wasson, Hale County pioneer and first construction superintendent for the Texas Land and Development Company, describes his work and recalls some fellow employees.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Hanley Wasson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 19, 1959

Location: Plainview, Texas

Interviewer: Bill Brunson

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Supervised construction for Texas Land and Development Company (1912-1917), Gives background: Hale County pioneer, Knew founders of Slaton, Texas, Speculates on Henderson’s connection with Soash, Ernest Charles named as boss, Details work and working crews, Dr. Pearson, going to England on Lusitania, died before raising more money, Continues discussion of work, supplies and organization, Lists foremen and shop worker, Explains contracting after he resigned.

Tape 1, Side 2: Reviews list of names, Suggests contributions of the Texas Land and Development Company to area, George Green cited, Lake Plainview recalled extensively.

Tape 2, Side 1: E. Dowden and land promotion excursions discussed, Suggests sources of information, Continues to discuss photographs and names, Comments on railroad connections of managers.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1912-1917

Bulk Dates: 1912-1917

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