NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Vigness, David M., and Donald McClung

Date of interview: May 5, 1975
Location of interview: Not given
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour)

Brief synopsis of interview: At a meeting of the Westerners history club, Dr. Vigness speaks on the history of the Spanish in Texas, and Donald McClung speaks on the history of the Tonkawa Indians. Note: The tape is hard to hear at the beginning.

Topics:
American Revolution—French and Spanish involvement
Galveston, Texas—named after Bernardo de Galvez
Tonkawa Indians—tribal history and culture
World War II—Indian codes

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Villarreal, Antonio and Consuela

Date of interview: April 20, 1977
Location of interview: Wilson, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (1 hour)

Brief synopsis of interview: The Villarreals discuss their families’ histories, discrimination, and the realities of being a Hispanic on the South Plains.

Topics:
Family life and background—Edinburg and Lamesa, Texas
Mexican-American communities—Texas
Bracero program
Ethnic minorities—discrimination
Public education—changes for Hispanics
Wilson, Texas—City Council
Froy Salinas

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Villines, Frank

Date of interview: July 3, 1974
Location of interview: Harrison, Arkansas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 40 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Frank Villines, at age 90, tells about his life as a woodcutter, lumberjack and miner in the Ozark region of Arkansas and Missouri. He recalls early logging and mining incidents and gives much attention to the building of cabins.

Topics:
Arbaugh family history
Architecture—log cabins
Buffalo River
Logging industry—Arkansas and Missouri
Mining industry—Ozark Mountains region
Sneed Creek

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Vinson, Willard

Date of interview: December 3, 10 and 17, 1975
Location of interview: Potosi, Texas
Length of interview: 5 tapes (5 hours)

Brief synopsis of interview: Willard Vinson, veteran West Texas cattle buyer, begins with his early history and interest in the cattle industry, the effects of the Depression, and the feeding, shipping and marketing of cattle during the 1930s and 1940s. He continues to discuss the changes in the industry from the late 1940s to the 1970s and speculates on its future.

Topics:
Family background—Van Zandt County, Texas
Agriculture—family farms and changing modes
American Railway Express
Cattle—feeding, shipping and marketing
Feedlot industry—changes and developments
Great Depression—beef canning project and government cattle shoot
New Deal—government support for tenant farmers; Production Credit Program
Swift Company—Fort Worth
Weights—buying and selling
World War II—effect on cattle market  

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED:  Von Roeder, Max

Date of Interview:  January 28, 1986

Location of Interview:  Snyder, Texas

Length of Interview:  65 minutes

Brief Synopsis of Interview:  Max Von Roeder reviews cotton breeding and seed business in West Texas.

Topics:

Von Roeder, Max

Von Roeder, Clement N.

Von Roeder, Nowlin

Snyder, Texas

Cotton breeding

Peach farming

Borden County, Texas

Bayes, Bentley

Macha, Mr.

Cotton delinting

Lamesa, Texas

Agriculture -  Cotton

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Waddington, Johnny

Date of interview: January 4, 1980
Location of interview: Woodrow, Texas
Length of interview: 4 tapes (3 hours, 10 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Johnny Waddington discusses his family background and the various jobs he has held over the years in the oil fields and the trucking industry.

Topics:
Family life and background—Bosque County, Texas
Agriculture—changing modes; contributions of Texas Tech
Arkansas—cattle business
Borger, Texas—Phillips Petroleum Company
Coal mining industry—Thurber, Texas
Clovis, New Mexico—Cannon Air Force Base
Douglas and Orr Company
El Paso, Texas—Del Norte Hotel
Magnolia Petroleum Company
Petroleum industry—oil field jobs and equipment
Southwest Airlines
Trucking industry—Texas
J. B. "Buck" Barry
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
John Waddington—grandfather, killed in a land dispute (1881)

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wade, Dr. Alton

Date of interview: May 8, 1973
Location of interview: Lubbock, Texas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Dr. Alton Wade, chairman of the Geosciences Department at Texas Tech from 1954 to 1964, discusses his career, including his teaching experiences and research in Antarctica and Greenland.

Topics:
Family background
Antarctica—early expeditions with Admiral Richard Byrd
Greenland—weather research during World War II
Korean War—worked with Air Force
Teaching positions—private boys’ school
Texas Tech University—administration and changes in Geosciences Department
J. Evetts Haley
Grover E. Murray—work in petroleum geology

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wade, Dr. David

Date of interview: June 6, 1973
Location of interview: Austin, Texas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (2 hours)

Brief synopsis of interview: Dr. David Wade, first director of the Office of Comprehensive Health Planning, recalls and comments upon his relationship with Governor Preston Smith while describing the initial stages of the planning office. He then takes up the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, along with the formation of the Texas Commission for Rehabilitation.

Topics:
Office of the Governor—health agencies
Medicine—mental health agencies and programs
Regional planning agencies
Texas Medical Association
University of Texas—School of Public Health
Frank Boyd—business manager of OCHP
Jess Erwin—commissioner of TCR
Burton Hackney—director of OCHP
Marion Zetzman—ideas used as model for planning agencies

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wade, J. W.

Date of interview: July 5, 1973
Location of interview: Dallas, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (50 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: J. W. Wade, former superintendent of the Dallas Zoo, discusses his career and the growth and development of the zoo, along with anecdotes concerning the animals there.

Topics:
Dallas Zoological Society
Educational role of Dallas Zoo management
Escaped animals—anecdotes
L. B. Houston
Political scandals
Zoos—Texas (Dallas)

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