Wilson, Blanche Bean 1983-03-09

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Mrs. Wilson discusses her life in Lubbock County, including the history of the Bean family and her work as Woman’s Editor with the Avalanche-Journal.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Blanche Bean Wilson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: March 09, 1983

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Changes (1920-1930), Cattle business, Farming, Growth of Lubbock, Storm proof cotton, Tenant farming, History of Bean family in Lubbock, Grandparents, Parents, St. Augustine Ranch, Irrigation well, Ludeman family, School, Lubbock (1908), Location, Fire, Bean children, Values, Social life, Lubbock area (1900), Description, Lack of crime, Diversified farming, Cattle, Dairying, Garden, Windmill, Cattle (again), Downtown Lubbock (c. 1908), Roads, Transportation, Automobiles, Rollie Burns, Wagons, Anecdote: Confederate reunion in Gainesville, Texas.

Tape 1, Side 2: Downtown Lubbock (again), Population, Supplies, Stores, Mrs. Atby (hat shop), Mrs. John Jarrett, World War I, Local consciousness, Heating, Flu epidemic (Fall 1918), Robert Bean, Deaths of local people, Ed Wilson, Education, College—Denton, Texas, Maturity, Anecdote: Trip to Dallas on streetcar, Encouragement of parents, Robert Bean, Russell Bean, Other siblings, Relationship between farmers and ranchers, Small farming towns in Lubbock area, Plainview school, Texas Tech as factor in growth of Lubbock, Colleges available to West Texans, Change from Home Economics to Journalism, Father’s educational philosophy, Mexican school, Mexican community, Population, Employment.

Tape 2, Side 1: Avalanche-Journal (1926-1927), Job with the Journal, Consolidation, News sources, Interviews with important visitors, Duties as "Woman’s Editor", Wilson children, Daughter in journalism, Community journalism, Job with Avalanche-Journal (again), Reputation of reporters, Prohibition in Lubbock, "Jake leg" whiskey, Avalanche-Journal (again), Reporters, Richard Mason, Newspaper business, Education of Wilson family, Ed Wilson, Children, Home Economics, Father’s educational philosophy (again), Retirement from newspaper business (1934), Ed Wilson (again), Education (again), Business sense.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1900-1983

Bulk Dates: 1908-1934

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