Whitney, Ellis 1984-05-10

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Ellis Whitney from Roswell discusses agriculture along the Pecos River Valley.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ellis Whitney

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 10, 1984

Location: Roswell, New Mexico

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Whitney family, Father’s brother-in-law: Hobson (1896), Sulfur well, Roswell farm (1902 and 1905), Irrigation, Drainage district (1915), Area wells, Crops, Orchards, Fruit pickers, Apples, Cotton (1920-1922), Carlsbad (1910s), Durango cotton, Buyers, Farmers incorporated (1937), Problems, Mechanization (1952), Alfalfa.

Tape 1, Side 2: Crops (continued), Alfalfa (continued), Anecdote: Baling hay in a storm, Mechanization (1918), Machinery, Tractors, Balers, Ditching machine, Hay harvest, Cost, Marketing, Buyers, Butter and egg route, Orchards, Family orchards, Marketing orchards, School days, Irrigation (again), Underground pipe.

Tape 2, Side 1: Irrigation (continued), Underground pipe, Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, Artesian wells, Dairy operations (1981), Alfalfa, Irrigation (again), Pumping water, Power source, Underground water laws (1931), Modification (1933), Water recharge, Missouri Plaza (c. 1900), Reservoirs, Ditches (1890s), CID at Carlsbad, New Mexico, "Junior Water" Rights.

Tape 2, Side 2: Irrigation (continued), Water problems, Meters (1960s), Roswell, New Mexico, Expansion, Farming demise, The Farmers’ Almanac.

Range Dates: 1890-1981

Bulk Dates: 1900-1981


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