Wood, Eugene Carroll 1970

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Tapes 1-3: Eugene Wood talks about earlyIndependence, Texas and its Baptist Church, Sam Houston, the oil and gas industry, and cowboy paintings. Tape 4: He recalls outstanding people he has known and discusses sulphur production and methods of mineral production in Texas. Tape 5: Wood does a reading from Creative Meditations.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Eugene Carroll Wood

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 2 and July 30, 1970

Location: Waco, Texas

Interviewer: Fred A. Carpenter

Length: 4 hours 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Story about his name, Family, Dr. Eason Blue Wood, grandfather, Dr. William Allen Wood, father, Story about Dr. Rufus C. Burleson’s baptism of Sam Houston.

Tape 1, Side 2: Story about bell at Independence Baptist Church, Discusses Mrs. F. D. Maxwell’s collection of Sam Houston items, Dr. Eason Blue Wood in Alabama, Moved to Limestone County, Texas (1870), Andrews County—Dollar Hide (?) oil pool and other deposits and estimate values.

Tape 2, Side 1: History of Independence Baptist Church, Independence, Texas, Founded (1839), Baptist Convention of Texas held at Independence, Baptist Women’s Missionary Unions at Texas and their activities, Gail Borden’s milk processing, Planning of Old Union Baptist Association of South Texas (1840), Sam Houston bell in Independence Baptist Church.

Tape 2, Side 2: Oil and Gas, Gas purification plant in West Texas with pipelines to California, Oregon and Washington, Texas salt lakes, Rockefeller oil interests in Texas, Story about John D. Rockefeller Sr.’s beginning in oil, Story about his loan to Baylor University, Edward Lee Degolyer, oil and gas expert, Locating oil and gas deposits in West Texas.

Tape 3, Side 1: Tornadoes—Waco and Lubbock, Cowboys, Western paintings and painters.

Tape 3, Side 2: Story about Will Rogers and Charlie Russell, Joke about cowboys passing an Indian woman, Story about attempts to put Sam Houston out of the U. S. Senate.

Tape 4, Side 1: Col. C. C. Slaughter recalled, Ranch and oil business (1916), Melvin Traylor, Beginning of First Trust Joint Stock Land Bank, J. Frank Dobie, Methods he used to collect material for books, How Dobie acquired mustang statues for University of Texas fountain, Exploration of Shafter Lake.

Tape 4, Side 2: Judge John C. Townes, Dean of Law School, University of Texas, Judge E. E. Townes, creator of Humble Oil and Refining Company, John C. Townes, Jr., past-president of American Bar Association, Progress in and methods of extracting sulphur in Texas and Louisiana, Wood’s law experiences, Beliefs concerning Texas mineral development.

Tape 5, Side 1: Wood reads a selection from Creative Meditation by Dwight L. Moody, evangelist and founder of the Moody Institution in Chicago.

Tape 5, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1839-1970

Bulk Dates: 1840-1970

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