Davis, J Connelly 1972-04-08

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J. C. Davis discusses his career in the cattle industry, particularly the government cattle killing program of the 1930s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J. C. Davis

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Date: April 8, 1972

Location: Nixon, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background information, Describes agriculture in the Nixon area in the early 1900s, Mr. Davis' ranching career, Beginnings in swine, Lending of milk cows, Drop in milk prices, 1929, Return to cattle business, 1933, Government cattle killing program, Reasons for Mr. Davis' participation, Some cattle shipped out of the area, Procedure for participating in the program, Prices the government paid for cattle, Method of the slaughter, Recalls uses of the meat and hides, Effect of the program on the cattle market, Drought of the 1930s discussed, Problem of water for the cattle

Tape 1, Side 2: Cattle shoot (again), Total number of cattle killed in the area, Easing of the Depression, Cattle industry further explored, Mr. Davis' cattle business since the 30s, Discusses possibility of a return to the market conditions of the 30s, Growth of the feedlot industry examined, Changes in the cattle market over the years, Effect on cattle market of the drought of the 1950s, Comparison of the 30s and 50s

Range Dates: 1900s-1950s

Bulk Dates: 1900s-1950s

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