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William J. Williams, Hale County surveyor and former chief engineer for the Texas Land and Development Company (1916-17), discusses the company, its employees and work.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: William Jeff Williams

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 22-September 5, 1959

Location: Plainview, Texas

Interviewer: Bill Brunson

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical details given, Texas Land and Development Company in Plainview, Hired by Judge H. D. Randolph and quit in 1917, Details chief engineer’s duties, Outlines contracts made with land buyers, Mentions Tobe Hamilton as irrigation expert, Lists contractors, W. O. Speck, L. D. Harrison, Mr. Kerr, Ed Wheat, R. C. Dublin, Names managers, Charles F. Myers, Jim Pipkin, Winfield Holbrook, Returns to contraction process.

Tape 1, Side 2: Recalls Fred Watson and Patty Dalton, Talks about irrigation motors, Mentions George Doubleday and George Purdy, Describes irrigation pumps, farm equipment, Discusses record book he donated to the Southwest Collection, Demonstrates that company was losing money, Comments on farm failures, Walter S. Ayres mentioned, Lists the company’s contributions to the area, Talks of transportation.

Range Dates: 1916-1959

Bulk Dates: 1916-1918

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