Wilson, Maple 1973-04-20

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Maple Wilson, pioneer West Texas resident, recalls the settlement of and changes in West Texas since the 1890s and discusses his own activities in the area, as well as his attendance at Yale University.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Maple Wilson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 20, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Beth Bucy

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Hale County history related, Settlement began in 1890, Father’s farm described, Development of Plainview, Wilson family moved to Plainview (1890s), Description of house given, Ice cream parties recalled, Burned cow chips for warmth, Attended Seth Ward College, Explains various forms of entertainment in the early days, Uncle’s ranch recalled, Father, L. G. Wilson, was an attorney, Traveled to area towns practicing law, Reminisces about acquaintances made, Attended Baylor University three years, Attended Yale University one year, Traveled north by cattle boat, Describes sociology course he took, Field trip to New York City mentioned, Dances recalled, Met Cole Porter and Averill Harriman, Belonged to social club, Returned south on motorcycle, Attended University of Texas Law School, Read law in Marvin Jones’ office, Bought ranch land in Bailey County (mid-1910s).

Tape 1, Side 2: Ranching in Bailey County (continued), Cold winter of 1918 described, Nearest neighbors recalled, Farming began in the area about 1924, Depression hardships examined, Bought some cattle for resale, Irrigation began about 1940, Sale of land explained, Sold to settlers for farms, Settlement of the town of Maple (1930), Traffic to New Mexico for liquor during Prohibition recalled, Describes dances in New Mexico, Remembers seeing first automobiles in the area, Entertainment in the early days characterized, Strawberry picking trips, Picnics and tournaments at the area towns, Growth of Amarillo, Lubbock and Plainview compared, Competition for the railroad.

Range Dates: 1890-1940

Bulk Dates: 1890-1940

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