Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: McElroy, D. M.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: February 7, 1975
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Marshall Pennington, Etta Lynch
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 3 hours, 35 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: D. M. McElroy, Director of Continuing Education at Texas Tech, recalls his college football career at Tech from 1931 to 1935 and Coach Pete Cawthon. He also discusses his work with the Ex-Students Association from 1947 to 1952.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Early life
High school
High school principal recalled
Attempt to get an athletic scholarship at Texas Tech
Contact with Coach Pete Cawthon in 1931
Remembers day it was announced that Tech would be in Lubbock (1923)
Anecdotes about Pete Cawthon
Comments on Paul W. Horn
Reason that Men’s Gym looks like a barn
Aubrey Butts mentioned
More anecdotes about Cawthon
Dell Morgan noted
Defends Coach Cawthon against accusations
Anecdote concerning Dr. Bradford Knapp
Tech’s membership in the Border Conference
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Plays used by Cawthon discussed
Gwynn "Mule" Dowell mentioned
Teammates named
Formed company with Leon Ince, former board member
Parents discussed
Definition of cotton compress
Early Texas Tech athletic scholarships
Many early Tech athletes listed
Football programs from 1930s examined
Early Lubbock High School coaches
Story of early partnership with Leon Ince continued
Sold out to Ince
Worked for a derrick and tank company in Indiana
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Work in Indiana (continued)
Met wife in Kentucky
Served during World War II with Corps of Engineers in Alaska
After discharge, went to Houston to work with Leon Ince
Marriage and birth of children
Movement to get ex-students on Texas Tech Board of Directors
Formation of present Ex-Students Association credited to John Wilson
McElroy came to work for Ex-Students Association
as Executive Secretary in 1947
Dr. William Whyburn discussed
Appointment of Dr. Dossie M. Wiggins as President of Tech
Early problems with Ex-Students Association in 1947
Division of state’s permanent university fund discussed
Ex-Students helped finance Student Union Building by using library deposits that students never claimed
Developed Texas Techsan magazine
Founded local chapter of Texas Tech
Ex-Students throughout country
Early Ex-Students organization
Later secretaries discussed
Remodeling of original President’s Home
Became home of Ex-Students Association
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Pete Cawthon
Takes team on movie lot tour
Loyola game
Game against Southern Methodist
The Knothole Gang
Temper
Incident of hitting a black porter
Racial attitudes
Etta Lynch, interviewer, discusses possible deletion of Cawthon’s racial views from her book
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE: Pete Cawthon (continued)
Whacker Barton incident
Jackie Durham

Robin egg blue vest incident
Skull practice
Evaluations of football games
Discipline
Etta Lynch
Chapters for book Tender Tyrant
Pete Cawthon (again)
Family
Use of profanity, violence
McElroy and Mule Dowell anecdote
Use of psychology
Sporting goods salesman anecdote

TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO: Pete Cawthon (continued)
Reaction to death of Knute Rockne
Visits players’ parents
Letters from Cawthon
Etta Lynch (again)
Chapters in Tender Tyrant (again)
Pete Cawthon (again)
Mandatory church attendance

Prayers
Yancy Price kicked off team
Lew Jones
Strategy
Use of profanity by Texas Tech players
Criticism of Cawthon
Pete Cawthon (again)
Concern for players
Texas A & M game
Kansas State University game
Dance lessons for football players
Hotel towels incident

TAPE FIVE, SIDE ONE: Pete Cawthon (continued)
25th Anniversary of Texas Tech
Buddy Brothers
Anecdote on football hall of fame
Anecdote on babysitting Cawthon’s children
Pete Cawthon (again)
Anecdote on players’ use of profanity
Helps build first synagogue in Lubbock, Texas
Fight between Bear Curfman and Lawrence Priddy
Dutchy Smith
Death of Dr. Hirsch

Concern for people
Curtis Clemmer
Julia Miller

TAPE FIVE, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1930-1975
BULK DATES: 1931-1947