Keller, G 1983-04-21

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G. Keller discusses his life as a farmer in and around Earth, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: G. Keller (M.G. Keller)

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 21, 1983

Location: Earth, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Born: Olton, Texas (September 27, 1913), Parents: Mr. and Mrs. George Keller, To West Texas, Farming, Types of crops grown, Machinery used, Marketing of feed crop, Wheat, Harvest, Tractors (1928-29), Trading in teams, Earth, Texas, Boom (1940s-50s), 1930s, Teams, Trading for a tractor (again), Prices, Horses versus mules, Horse pulling a windmill, Training, Mechanization, Reasons, Reluctance, Financing.

Tape 1, Side 2: Milking operation, Irrigation, History of Earth, Texas, Feed crops, Feedlot industry, Vegetable raising, Pesticide use, Weather, Old time sayings, Conservation practices, Economic hardships, Depression, Compared to 1980s, Dust storms.

Tape 2, Side 1: Dust storms (continued), Wind powered generators, Amarillo hardware store, Prairie fires, Anecdote: getting struck by lightning, Phenomena of lightning, Prairie fires (again), Running Water Draw, Irrigation wells, Sprinkler irrigation.

Tape 2, Side 2: Energy cost, Production costs, Cotton, Wheat, Production costs, Irrigation versus dry land, Family, To West Texas, Earth Roping Club, Anecdote: roping two steers on a $25 bet, Rodeos.

Range Dates: 1913-1983

Bulk Dates: 1920-1950


Access Information

Original Recording Format: audio cassette

Recording Format Notes: digitized March 2016, audio CD available in reading room

Transcript: no



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