Eplen, Tom 1975-01-14

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Tom Eplen, former Taylor County Judge, discusses his father’s meat market and other businesses and people in early Abilene.

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Interviewee Name: Tom Eplen

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Date: January 14, 1975

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical data given, Family lived in Milam and McLennan Counties, Came to Abilene in 1908, Education summarized, Early residents recalled, Dr. J. M. Alexander, Mr. Laughter, undertaker, Mr. Radford, Sales family very prominent in Texas law, Father's partnership with J. R. and Austin Bertrand in meat market, Father purchased meat for market, Merchant family and D. D. Parramore were Abilene's founders, Meat market described, Cooled vault with blocks of ice, Deliveries made in horse carts

Tape 1, Side 2: Continues remembrances of meat market, Helped father ship cattle, Recalls driving stock, Returned to Abilene from law school in June 1924, Served as county judge 1926-1932, Paved streets in Taylor County during his term as judge, Membership in Texas Good Roads Association discussed, Presidency of Chamber of Commerce, Depression in Abilene described, Remembers father roping a goat, Recalls old Abilene families

Range Dates: 1908-1932

Bulk Dates: 1908-1932

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