Willson, J M Jr 1972-08-26
J. M. Willson Jr. discusses his father, J. M. Willson, particularly his work as a philanthropist and lumberman, the reasons for his success, and the microfilming of the Willson scrapbooks by the Southwest Collection.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: J.M. Wilson Jr.
Additional Parties Recorded: None
Date: August 26, 1972
Location: Floydada, Texas
Interviewer: David Murrah
Length: 55 minutes
Tape 1, Side 1: Early history of Floyd County,
Discusses donation of the J. M. Willson papers to the Southwest Collection,
More on the history of Floyd County,
Explains research done in Masonic history,
Willson’s father, J. M. Willson, Sr.,
Work in public service,
Bought warrants from teachers during the Depression,
Gave notes to establish lecture series on college campuses,
Life reflected his faith in God and people,
Story of his insistence on punctuality,
Reasons for his success explored,
Willson Lectures on college campuses,
Problems of the program on state college campuses,
Objectives of the program,
Reason for establishment of the program.
Tape 1, Side 2: Father’s lumber business,
Describes his start in the lumber business,
Partnerships in lumber businesses in area towns,
Reasons for sale of most of the stores,
Mr. Willson’s own lumber business,
Microfilming of the Willson scrapbooks by the Southwest Collection discussed,
Relates possibility of additional donations later.
Range Dates: 1910s-1972
Bulk Dates: 1920s-1940s
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