Beal, Owen 1983-09-01

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Owen Beal discusses agriculture in and around the Mimbres Valley in New Mexico.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Owen Beal

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Date: September 1, 1983

Location: Deming, New Mexico

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: [First 10 minutes are inaudible] Sale of calves, Pricing, Drives to rail heads, Cowboys, Ethics, Family, Parents, John Alexander Beal, Julia Elizabeth White, Father, Death, Beal to Brownwood, Texas, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Anecdote: setting hay on fire, Mother's thoughts on central Texas, Farm economics, Problems of farming in Texas, Lack of leisure time, Cloverdale, New Mexico, Border fence, Gates, Immigration problems, Ranch work, Murder in Animas Valley, Posse, Lakes in Animas Valley, Classes of Mexicans in Valley, Paradox of Mexican labor

Tape 1, Side 2: Women of Guadalajara, Mexico City, Luna County Agriculture (1916-1920), Problems, Ranchers persevere over farmers, Homesteading (1900-1910), Deming, New Mexico (again), "Snow Birds", Abundance of water, Wells, Farming, Bohemian farmers, Descendants in Deming, Alfalfa hay, Prices, Ralph Johnson, Farm land, West of Columbus, New Mexico, Flood control in Mimbres Valley, Changes in basin, Dust storms, School, Basin water, Co-ops, Water rights, Potential for war, Problems with education, Lack of quality, Consolidation, Luna County Schools, Communities, Ethnic vote controls county, Effect of climate on health, Hay fever

Tape 2, Side 1: Pancho Villa's raid into Columbus, New Mexico, Casualties, Retaliation, Provocation, Border unrest, Mormon colony in Mexico, El Paso, Weather, Cotton farming in Deming area, Pecan orchards in New Mexico, Old Mesilla, Cattle business, Shipping, Military bases in Deming area, World War I, Reception of soldiers, Panama Canal, Locks, Air base in Deming, Shoes, Cost and quality, "Old timers" in Deming area, Beal's opinion relative to progress, Labor unions, "Old timers" (again), Farmers in Deming area, Ranchers in Deming area

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1916-1983

Bulk Dates: 1916-1940


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