Scott, Jack 1981-03-12

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Jack Scott, owner-editor of the Cross Plains Review and former mayor of Cross Plains, discusses his newspaper career and his memories of author Robert E. Howard. He also relates the history of Cross Plains, including the area oil industry and activities of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Jack Scott

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: March 12, 1981

Location: Cross Plains, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Hardin-Simmons University, Newspaper, Cross Plains, Texas, Cross Plains Review, Banks, Prices (1930s), Cotton, Grain, Oil, George B. Scott, father, Adelia Cutberth, mother, Callahan County, Texas, Organization (1877), Cross Plains Review (again), Owner, Community papers, Qualities needed, Newspaper owner, Duties, Income, Conflict with citizens, Community, Newspapermen, Melvin Young, Jimmy Gillintine, Bill Collyns, Joe Pickle, Bob Whitkey, Charlie Woodson, Cross Plains Herald (1902), W. W. Gaines, editor, Cross Plains Review, Established (1909), Belmont L. Shields, Whiz Bang Magazine (1914).

Tape 1, Side 2: Newspapers, Editing, Brownwood Bulletin, Larry Gage, Houston Chronicle, World War II, Newspaper, Cross Plains (again), Old townsite, Name origin, Vegetation, New townsite (1911), Texas Central Railroad (1911), Higginbotham Store, Rural population, Decline, Country doctors, Dairy products, Produce, Truck farming, Crops (1930s), Peanuts, Cattle shoot (1933), Meat preservation, Municipal gas system, Jack Scott, mayor, Four terms.

Tape 2, Side 1: Oil business, Cross Plains, Texas, Land leasing (1918), First well (1919), Pioneer well (1922), Primary recovery, Secondary recovery, Amerada Oil Company (1926), Burkett Pool (1931), Effect on water wells, Pioneer, Texas, Population, Businesses, Major oil companies, Cross Plains (again), Population (1926), Oil drilling activity (1981), Fossil fuels, Alternate energy sources, Cross Plains (1981), Industry, Economy, Lack of medical facilities, Schools, Education, Public schools, Colleges.

Tape 2, Side 2: Robert Howard, Dr. Isaac M. Howard, father, Author, Suicide, Father, Description, Anecdote, Lindsey W. Tyson, best friend, Stories written, Boxing, Stories, Characters, Money, Dr. Isaac Howard (again), Howard Payne University, Robert Howard Collection, Robert Howard, Day of death, Oil fields, Dates drilled.

Tape 3, Side 1: Hamilton Wright, Oil belt, Boundaries, Desdemona, Texas, Anecdote, Pioneer, Texas, Victor Cornelius, Printer, A. C. Greene, Abilene Christian College, World War II, W. E. Gilliland, Ferguson supporter, Miss Eliza, daughter, Floyd Perez, Home remedies, Matchstone, Rabies doctor, Newspaper’s role in community, Harte-Hanks partnership, San Angelo, Texas, First newspaper, Ku Klux Klan, Newspapers, Brady Sentinel, Doc Sellars, Politics, Dan Moody, Legal career, Wife, Ku Klux Klan (again), Pat McNeil.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1877-1981

Bulk Dates: 1902-1981

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