Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Durham, Irene
DATE OF INTERVIEW: January 18, 1983
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Coleman, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Richard Mason
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Irene Durham discusses the Community of Trickham, Texas, and her memories of life there.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
b: September 22, 1896, in Trickham, Texas
Family farms near Trickham, Texas
     Home place built (1910)
Family
     Maternal grandparents
     Grandfather's contributions to area
     Parents
          Married (1895)
          Father from North Carolina
     Maternal grandparents (again)
     Father (again)
          Relatives in Trickham
Cyclone in Trickham
Parents farmed
     Children's chores
     Crops raised
     Wheat crop and tomatoes (1919)
     Irrigation
     Team horses
Parents (again)
     Personality
     Values
          Religion
          Education
          Father's ideals
          Decisions relative to child raising
Neighbors
Community life
     Church
     Singings
     Parties
          Games played
Boll weevil
Dry years
     1917-1918
Travel to other communities
      Anecdote: crossing river in a wagon on a trip
      Anecdote: going to Brownwood to hear an evangelist
      Crops marketed in Santa Anna, Texas
      Transportation
Harvest of cotton
Gin at Trickham
Heating
Oil activity in Trickham
Trickham businesses (Early 20th Century)
Telephone service
Water supply
Flu epidemic (1919)
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Flu epidemic (continued)
     Drugstore
     Doctors
     Midwife
Mrs. Durham's education and teaching career
Qualities of a good teacher
Changes in education
     Consolidation of rural schools (early 1930s)
          Effect on rural communities
Hot wells at Trickham
Armistice Day, November 11, 1918
     Celebration
First husband, George W. Bobo
     Interest in music
     Occupations
     Songwriting abilities
          Anecdote: writing "The City of Light"
     d: age 59
Education vs. marriage
Winchell, Texas
Rockwood, Texas
Rattlesnakes
Organizations at Trickham
RANGE DATES: 1896-1983
BULK DATES: 1917-1960