Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Brown, Claude H.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: January 28, 1985
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Richard Mason
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 30 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Claude H. Brown discusses his career in the diary industry.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Background in dairy industry
     Childhood job
     Future Farmers of America
     Texas Tech University
Tech Dairy operation
     Delivery system
          Customers served
          Ice cream
Job with Banner Creamery, Midland, Texas; 1937
     Problems
     Location
     Farming district
     Plant operations
          Service contracts
          Volume
          Packaging
          Day to day routine
     Homogenization
     Milk supply
     Reason for moving to Midland
Quality of Tech education
Banner label
     Joke
Banner operations (again)
     Delivery
     Job title
     Equipment
          Building design
          Bottling
     Products distributed
     Cooling tower (again)
          Brine tank
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO:      Servicing military base
Pasteurization
Banner operation (again)
     Plant sanitation
          Anecdote: Contaminated
               Silage fed to cattle
          Anecdote
Dairying on the Plains/1930s
     Farmers dependence upon dairying income
     Changes wrought by irrigation
Return to Lubbock
     Reasons for return
Furr's creamery; Lubbock, Texas
          Butter production in Lubbock, 1943-1946
    Competition
         Butter far wars
     Processing of butter
     Packaging
     Salt content of butter
     Labeling
Federal and state inspections
Handling of cream
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Handling of cream (continued)
     Testing
Concentration of dairying on the South Plains
     Plainview, Texas
Effect of soured cream on butter
Lubbock as a regional creamery center
Area cheese plants
Consolidation of creameries
     Cooperative creameries
     Effect of large-scale trucking
Major changes in dairy industry
     Mechanization
     Refrigeration
     Consolidation
Decline of Lubbock as a dairy center
     Reasons for decline
Advent of margarine and its effect on dairy industry
     Opposition of dairy industry
     Consumer demand
Containerization (again)
     Milk
     Cottage cheese
     Butter
     Cheese
     Impact of plastics
Family farm; New Mexico
     Location
Family to Texas
     Location of farm
Decision to attend Tech
J. P. Smith
Glenn Hunter
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1930-1985
BULK DATES: 1937-1985