Crone, Murray 1972-05-17

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Murray Crone, longtime resident of Morton, Texas, discusses the early history of Cochran County, particularly the Depression and its effects.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Murray Crane

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Date: May 17, 1972

Location: Morton, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Moved to Morton in 1927, Description of early Morton, Early stores named, Morton J. Smith's office, Morton J. Smith described, Mrs. Smith recalled, Ranches in the area in the 1920s and 1930s, Depression of 1930s, Some people obtained wood from old Slaughter Ranch building, Shelter belts planted by Civilian Conservation Corps, Describes a two-story dugout now at the Ranch Headquarters, Bull Camp recalled, Effect of the Depression on Morton, Lots of credit business, Farmers brought in supplies for barter, Crone spent some time in New Mexico in the 1930s, Conditions in Morton during World War II, Incident of Mexican Sheepherder's murder, Recalls disagreement on location of county seat, Early county officials named, Irrigation caused big change in Morton, Building of Highway 116 discussed, Disagreement on the proposed route, Remembers the animal life in the area

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1920-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1920-1930s

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