Carthel, Francis 1972-07-12

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Early grain thresher and Lockney community farmer Francis Carthel recalls pioneer conditions on the South Plains, with special emphasis on the thresher and freighting businesses.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Francis Carthel

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Date: July 12, 1972

Location: Lockney, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background and early life, Moved to Lockney in 1905, Early farm machinery recalled, Thresher operation described, Location and labor used, Dual thresher-farmer operations, Mentions freighting business and agricultural agent, Steam thresher of 1915 examined, Explains need for coal and water, Received "Thresher of the Year" award, Father's purchase of land near Lockney discussed

Tape 1, Side 2: Notes changes in water supply, Baker Mercantile recalled, Using "cow chips" for fuel, Difficulties in importation of lumber, Early home described, Reminisces about marriage, Anecdote about a well-trained horse, Decline of Lockney examined, Explains use of oxen, Describes Depression conditions of 1930s, Recollections concerning the cattle shoot program and drought, Outbreaks of typhoid and influenza

Range Dates: 1905-1972

Bulk Dates: 1905-1930s

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