NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Tweed, Mrs. Richard

Date of interview: November 28, 1977
Location of interview: Borger, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (20 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Mrs. Tweed talks about the Tweed family papers and history, especially about William Marcy (Boss) Tweed.

Topics:
Family history and background—Richard M. Tweed, father-in-law
Genealogy—Tweed family tree
Insurance companies—Texas
Leo Hershkowitz
Margaret Tweed Knickerbocker—donor of family papers

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Twentieth Century Club

Date of interview: April 24, 1979
Location of interview: Lubbock, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Various members relate the purpose and history of the 20th Century Club at its 70th Anniversary meeting.

Topics:
Women’s organizations—Texas
20th Century Club—history and purpose

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Twichell, Trigg

Date of interview: May 25, 1974
Location of interview: Austin, Texas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 5 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Trigg Twichell, civil engineer, discusses hydrology in Texas and various experiences in the field.

Topics:
Background and education—University of Texas at Austin
Colorado River basin—flood water control and underground springs
Devil’s River
U. S. Bureau of Water Investigations—Houston branch
U. S. Geological Survey (1920-25)
Urban water runoff—sewers and gauging stations
XIT Ranch

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Twichell, W. D. family

Date of interview: May 7, 1973
Location of interview: Lewisville, Texas
Length of interview: 3 tapes (3 hours)

Brief synopsis of interview: The children of pioneer surveyor W. D. Twichell discuss their father’s early career, relating his surveying techniques and procedures, and anecdotes concerning his family and business ventures. In addition, they recall the prohibition campaign in Amarillo, the development of oil leases on Twichell’s holdings, and the "vacant strip" problems in Texas surveys.

Topics:
Family life and background
Amarillo, Texas—Prohibition campaign
Frontier life and settlement
Estacado, Texas—Quaker settlement
Indians—meeting near Lubbock recalled
Land sales and distribution
Literary and cultural interests
Mennonite settlers
Methodist Church—Twichell’s affiliation with
Petroleum industry—oil holdings and development of Yates field
Surveying—early procedures and techniques
Tascosa, Texas—Sunday services in saloon
XIT Ranch—Twichell’s surveys
Judge Roy Bean
Charles Goodnight
George W. Littlefield
Ranald S. Mackenzie
Carry Nation
Cynthia Ann Parker
O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
C. C. Slaughter

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Twitty, W. E. "Chief"

Date of interview: August 27, 1958
Location of interview: Lubbock, Texas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: W. E. Twitty, retired Lubbock fire chief, recalls the activities of the early day volunteer fire department in Lubbock. He also mentions the activities of the State Firemen’s Training School at Texas A & M and alludes to better fire prevention modes.

Topics:
Background—first job with Lubbock Light & Ice Company
Lubbock Fire Department—early vehicles and equipment; changes over the years
Lubbock Firemen’s Ball—an annual affair
Texas A & M University—Firemen’s Training School

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Tye, Betty McClesky 1

Date of interview: November 5, 1973
Location of interview: Floydada, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (26 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Mrs. Tye, longtime resident of Floydada, recalls her life and the history of Floyd County.

Topics:
Family life and background—father elected County Treasurer in 1896
Community and social life—holidays and special events
Dugouts and half-dugouts
Flu epidemic (1918)
Presbyterian Academy

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Tye, Betty McClesky 2

Date of interview: May 17, 1975
Location of interview: Floydada, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (40 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Mrs. Tye recalls her childhood and early adult years in Floydada.

Topics:
Family life and background—born in a half-dugout
Community and social life—holidays and special events
Floyd County—father elected County Treasurer and later County Sheriff (1904-08)
Floydada—early businesses, schools and churches; fire of 1911
Flu epidemic (1918)
Presbyterian Academy
Tent shows—Harley Sadler and others
Travel—trip to New Mexico
W. O. Tye—husband, a water well driller

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Tye, Bill

Date of interview: November 14, 1983
Location of interview: Floydada, Texas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 25 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Bill Tye discusses his career in the drilling of irrigation wells on the South Plains.

Topics:
Irrigation wells—drilling rigs and other equipment
Caprock area
High Plains Water District
Floyd County—Floydada city well
Playa lakes
Texas Land and Development Company (1910s)
Turbine pumps

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