Nickel, Philip 1969, 1977

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Philip Nickel discusses his career with the Santa Fe Railroad, his various jobs on the train, the Depression years and particularly the slaughtering of cattle.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Philip Nickel

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 10, 1969; September 2, 1977

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jimmy Skaggs, Gerry and J. C. Burton

Length: 1 hour 50 minutes


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information, Indian incident, First postmaster of Shamrock, Texas, Naming of Shamrock, Father’s biography, Railroad career (1917), Santa Fe service—track labor, Bridge work, Brakeman, Train accidents, Lubbock assignment, World War II and railroad work, Killing cattle during Depression (1935), Reasons for killings, Number of killings and places, Origin of cattle, Pasture condition, Area of slaughter, Reason for killing near railroad, Length of time for killing and ditch digging, Stopping train to watch slaughter, Reaction and attitude toward killings, Railroad water supply (San Angelo to Presidio), Water supply—deep drilling, Fort Stockton water supply, Depression conditions in town, Depression gardens, Railroad situation and wages.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Life on caboose, Cooking, Signal lights, Eating on caboose, Coaches, Passenger, Baggage, The "doodlebug", Travel time, Conductor, Traveling through dust storms, Hot boxes, Reasons for leaving caboose, Repair requirements, Cat walk.

Tape 2, Side 2: Mile posts, Cabooses assigned, Railroad nostalgia, Passenger trains, Amtrak, Attending people, Loading cattle, Washout at Presidio, Texas.

Range Dates: 1917-1940s

Bulk Dates: 1917-1940s


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