Interview with Ben Kelley regarding his experiences in the military and as a prisoner of war of the Japanese during World War II. He was part of the 36th Division, Texas National Guard, 131st Field Artillery, 2nd Battalion. He was captured on the island of Java in March of 1942 and spent the duration of the war thereafter as a prison of war in camps in South East Asia and in Japan.
Interview with Ada Reed and Bob Brewer, owners and operators of A. B. McGill and Company General Merchants. In the interview, the Brewers discuss their family backgrounds, marriage, losses on charge accounts during the Great Depression, the change from clerk-service to self-service operation of the store, the credit business, purchasing clothes at the Dallas fashion market, customer interests, changes in product lines, commercial and residential growth in the Bertram area, using direct mail and radio advertising, their involvement with the Texas Retail Association, factors in developing a successful business, and civic activities. The interview includes an appendix with a flyer, photographs, articles, and letters.
Interview with county adult probation officer and former member of the North Texas State College football team Charlie Cole Jr., from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Cole recollects thoughts and memories from when he was a student at the college during the desegregation of athletics in 1956.
Interview with former sports information director at North Texas State University Fred Graham. In the interview, Graham discusses his experiences and thoughts while he was an assistant in the News and Information Office during the desegregation of intercollegiate athletics at North Texas State College in 1956.
Interview with Judge Harold Galoway, an army veteran from Yantis, Texas. This interview contains his recollections as a World War II medical corpsman in Europe. Army life and the health problems of soldiers are discussed.
Interview with farmer-rancher Hazen Armstrong. The interview includes Armstrong's personal experiences about life in Denton, Texas, from 1910 to 1930. Armstrong talks about business activities around the city square and county courthouse, city streetcar service, Oak Street residences, the Cascade Plunge swimming pool, forced removal of African Americans from the "Quakertown" section of Denton to the east side of the railroad tracks in the 1920s, early automobiles in Denton, Denton during World War I, medical practices, childhood leisure time activities, Prohibition in Denton, the Great Depression, farming practices in the 1920s and 1930s, contrasts between banking practices of the 1920s and 1930s with those of the 1980s, and the oil history.
Interview with former assistant football coach at North Texas State University Kenneth Bahnsen from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Bahnsen discusses his recollections about the desegregation of athletics at North Texas State College in 1956.
Interview with community activist Norvell Reed from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Reed discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She also comments on what life was like living in a segregated community, the desegregation of North Texas State College, the desegregation of public schools, Fred Moore public School, paving of streets in the African-American section of Denton, the group's social activities, the defeat of urban renewal, and the jobs program.
Interview with high school administrator and former member of the North Texas State College football team William Carrico, from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Carrico discusses his experiences from when he was on the team during the desegregation of athletics.
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