NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wright, W. Hamilton 1

Date of interview: May 23, 1975
Location of interview: Abilene, Texas
Length of interview: 3 tapes (4 hours, 15 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Hamilton Wright, longtime West Texas news reporter and Methodist minister, discusses his early life near Austin, his early work with newspapers, West Texas Chamber of Commerce and Texas Tech locating board. He also relates his experiences as a circuit preacher.

Topics:
Family life and background—father worked for Great Northern Railroad and ran a grocery store
Austin—Katy Railroad and other transportation modes
Education—Southwestern University
Civil War—father served in Confederate Army
Abilene, Texas—worked for Reporter-News, telegraph operator and examiner
Amarillo, Texas—worked for Amarillo News (J. Lindsay Nunn)
Flu epidemic (1918)
Fort Worth, Texas—worked for Record and Reporter newspapers
Methodist Church—circuit preachers
Ranger, Texas—worked for newspaper; witnessed a murder
Texas Tech University—location board as a reporter
Sam Bass—visited father’s store
Thomas L. Blanton—Texas Congressman whose campaign headquarters was burglarized
Amon G. Carter—conflict with William Randolph Hearst
Bill McDonald—Texas Ranger
J. Frank Norris
Homer D. Wade
Porter A. Whaley—founder of West Texas Chamber of Commerce
W. J. Williams—Amarillo newspaperman

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wright, W. Hamilton 2

Date of interview: June 11, 1975
Location of interview: Abilene, Texas
Length of interview: 3 tapes (4 hours)

Brief synopsis of interview: Hamilton Wright discusses his work with the West Texas Chamber of Commerce (1919-23) and the railroads, as well as his years as a Methodist minister.

Topics:
Journalism—Texas
West Texas Chamber of Commerce—press agent
Carlsbad Caverns—Jim White and early exploration
Fort Worth Record—reports of Texas Tech locating committee
Mexico—WTCC trip; threat of Pancho Villa
Ranger Daily Times—was editor during oil boom
West Texas Today—WTCC magazine
Porter Whaley—developed WTCC concept in 1914
Methodist Church—doctrines and evangelistic revivals
Telegraphy—work with railroads; Western Union
Arthur Brisbane—newspaper columnist
Edmund J. Clapp—economist
Clifford B. Jones

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wyatt, A. Wayne

Date of interview: March 20, 1996
Location of interview: Lubbock, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (1 hour)

Brief synopsis of interview: A. Wayne Wyatt discusses the development and changes in the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District.

Topics:
Ogalala Aquifer
Oil—contamination problems with
Underground Water District Law
Water supply—improved irrigation systems
John Aikin
Sam Aldridge
Arthur Duggan
George H. Mahon

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wyatt, Frederica

Date of interview: November 19, 1975
Location of interview: Junction, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (40 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Frederica Wyatt discusses in detail her family history, early recollections of Junction, and her career in its city government.

Topics:
Family life and background—genealogy
Civil War—Confederate ammunition made in Longhorn Caverns
City government—City secretary (1967-72) and mayor (1972-75)
Journalism—Texas (Junction)
Junction Public Schools
Kimball County Historical Survey Committee (1963)

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wylie, Mr. and Mrs. P. D. (Pinky)

Date of interview: March 5, 1980
Location of interview: Thurber, Texas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 25 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: The Wylies talk about life in Thurber during its boom period.

Topics:
Company towns—Texas
Brick making plants—Texas
Coal mining industry—Texas
Community and social life—Thurber
Diseases and epidemics—meningitis, smallpox, flu, pneumonia
William Knox Gordon
Labor unions—strikes
Petroleum industry—Ranger oil boom
Santa Claus Bank Robbery—Cisco, Texas (1927)

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Wynne, Harry

Date of interview: June 23, 1969
Location of interview: Fort Worth, Texas
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Harry Wynne recalls early Fort Worth, particularly its social life, and his own experiences and family.

Topics:
Family life and background—came to Fort Worth in 1882
Cattle—drives down main streets
Camp Bowie
Amon G. Carter
Community and social life
Fort Worth, Texas—early businesses, resort areas and neighborhoods
Meat packing industry—plants in Fort Worth
Major K. M. Van Zandt
World War II—oil burners manufactured

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Yarboro, Mrs. Jessie

Date of interview: July 19, 1970
Location of interview: Sierra Blanca, Texas
Length of interview: 1 tape (1 hour)

Brief synopsis of interview: Mrs. Yarboro, a resident of Sierra Blanca since 1911, discusses the history and growth of the town and her life there.

Topics:
Family background—father moved from North Carolina
Baird, Texas—the Yarboros had a 40acre farm there
Flu epidemic (1918)
Hardin-Simmons University—son attended there
Hudspeth County, Texas—first county officials
Mexican Revolution (1915-16)
Sierra Blanca, Texas—early businesses, churches and schools
Transportation—advent of railroads and automobiles
World War I—soldiers stationed at Sierra Blanca
Gen. John J. Pershing
George S. Patton

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NAME OF PERSON INTERVIEWED: Yarborough, Ralph

Date of interview: March 1, 1978
Location of interview: Not given
Length of interview: 2 tapes (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Brief synopsis of interview: Former U. S. Senator Ralph Yarborough discusses, events, personalities and political maneuvering concerning legislation effecting the Texas tidelands. He includes discussion of the elections of 1944, 1948, 1952 and 1956.

Topics:
Gulf of Mexico—Continental Shelf
Oil companies—interests in tidelands
Quit-claim bill—Harry Truman’s veto
Texas Boundaries extension
Tidelands controversy
Submerged Land Act
James V. Allred
Lloyd Bentson
Price Daniel
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Bascom Giles
Harold Ickes—Secretary of the Interior under FDR
Thomas Jefferson—Louisiana Purchase
Lyndon B. Johnson
John Lyles
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Maury Maverick
Richard M. Nixon
Sam Rayburn
Allan Shivers
Adalai Stevenson
Coke R. Stevenson

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