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Oral History Interview with Ben H. Wooten, 1969

Description: Interview with Ben H. Wooten, a banker, public servant, and philanthropist. The interview includes Wooten's observations on the growth and development of banking and finance in the Southwest. The interview also includes his experiences in service during World War I as well as his multiple positions within the banking industry, including: assistant cashier of the Alba National Bank in Alba, Texas, cashier of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Farmersville, Texas, state bank examiner, Federal Home Loan Banking System, vice-president and member of the executive committee of Republic National Bank in Dallas, president of First National Bank, Dallas, chairman of the board of Dallas Federal Savings and Loan Association and multiple philanthropic activities.
Date: February 19, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Wooten, Ben H.

Oral History Interview with Bertha Rosenzweig, November 15, 1979

Description: Interview with Bertha Rosenzweig, co-founder of Tex-Glass, Inc. in Decatur, Texas. The interview includes Rosenzweig's personal experiences about her education in New York, and having a teaching career. Rosenzweig talks about her family background, her knowledge of her husband's family background and his life in Europe during the Hitler era, his technical training, work in glass factories, starting his own glass factory in Vienna, fleeing Nazis and migrating to Greece, the Jewish underground in Central Europe, fleeing to Egypt, Palestine, and his migration to the U.S. Additionally, Rosenzweig talks about their meeting and marriage, work in Canada and Mexico, opening a glass factory in Athens, Texas, moving to Decatur, employee relations, products and the production process, the distribution system, financing methods, her managing the business, sale of the business, and reparations from the Austrian government.
Date: November 15, 1979
Creator: Jenkins, Floyd & Rosenzweig, Bertha

Oral History Interview with Charles Wilson, January 1, 1972

Description: Interview with Senator Charles Wilson, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Lufkin, Texas. In the interview, Wilson discusses his personal views and experiences concerning specific problems in the Texas state government, personal legislation, utilities regulation, the appointment of committee members, lobbies, campaign financial disclosure, election filing fees, committee structure, annual legislative sessions, taxation, and legislative apportionment.
Date: January 4, 1972
Creator: Riddlesperger, James W. & Wilson, Charles

Oral History Interview with Charley L. Pryor, 1972-1973

Description: Interview with college professor Charley L. Pryor, Marine Corps veteran and survivor of the sinking of the USS Houston. The interview includes Pryor's personal experiences about being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Pryor talks about the sinking of the Houston, his capture and imprisonment at Serang, Java, Bicycle Camp, Changi Prison Camp, building the Burma-Thailand Death Railway, American air raids, and liberation.
Date: November 4, 1972
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Pryor, Charley L.

Oral History Interview with David Allred, April 7, 1970

Description: Interview with Democratic Representative and political journalist David Allred from Wichita Falls, Texas. In the interview, Dave discusses his experiences as a member of the Special sessions of the Sixty-first Legislature. He also describes his personal views on issues including one-year versus two-year budgets, increases in sales tax, the expansion of sales tax, "grocery tax", conflicts with Speaker Gus Mutscher, beer lobbying, corporate taxes, voter disillusionment, urban-rural conflicts, Wichita Falls politics, and his campaign for reelection and contest for House speakership.
Date: April 7, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Allred, David

Oral History Interview with David Allred, July 8, 1975

Description: Interview with David Allred, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from Wichita Falls, Texas. In the interview, Mr. Allred discusses his experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. He also describes his thoughts on issues such as the House speakership race, committee chairpersons, House rules, Equal Rights Amendment, the establishment of Public Utilities Commission, public school financing and the Constitutional Convention.
Date: July 8, 1975
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Allred, David

Oral History Interview with David Allred, July 29, 1971

Description: Interview with Democratic journalist and member of the Texas House of Representative David Allred, from Wichita Falls, Texas. David Allred was the son of former Governor James V. Allred. In the interview, Allred describes some of his experiences as a member of the Regular and First Special Session of the Sixty -second Legislature. His topics of discussion include the origins of the "Dirty Thirty", the Sharpstown stock-fraud scandal, and his comments on former politicians Speaker Gus Mutscher and Representatives William Heatly, Frances Farenthold, and Tommy Shannon.
Date: July 29, 1971
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Allred, David

Oral History Interview with David Allred, March 17, 1970

Description: Interview with Democratic journalist and member of the Texas House of Representatives David Allred, from Wichita Falls, Texas. In the interview, Allred discusses his experiences while serving as a member of the Regular and Special Sessions of the Sixty-first Legislature. He also expresses his personal views on issues such as one-year versus two-year budgets, revenue bills, the extension of state sales tax, the Cavness Plan, minimum wage laws, workman's compensation, welfare legislation, student unrest on college campuses, and the establishment of additional four year college campuses. Allred also comments on Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes, Speaker Gus Mutscher, and Governor Preston Smith.
Date: March 17, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Allred, David

Oral History Interview with David Allred, November 13, 1968

Description: Interview with former member of the Texas House of Representatives David Allred, a journalist from Wichita Falls and son of former Democratic Governor James V. Allred. The interview includes Allred's personal experiences while serving as a member of the Special Session of the Sixtieth Legislature, as well as his views on revenue legislation, the reform of liquor laws, increases in state sales tax, changes in House rules, and beer and liquor lobbies. The interview also includes Allred's comments on fellow politicians and other House members.
Date: September 30, 1971
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Allred, David

Oral History Interview with David Allred, October 25, 1978

Description: Interview with Democratic representative and political journalist David Allred from Wichita Falls, Texas. In the interview, Allred discusses his experiences as a member of the Second Special Session of the Sixty-fifth Legislature. He also talks about his personal views on issues such as Proposition 13 in California, treasury surplus, the repeal of sales tax on residential utility bills, the increase in inheritance tax exemptions, taxation of agricultural and timber land, initiative-referendum, the Peveto Bill, the formation of the "Filthy Fifty", the Sam Houston Caucus, and the House Study Group. Allred also comments on Governor Dolph Briscoe, Speaker Bill Clayton, and Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby
Date: October 25, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Allred, David

Oral History Interview with David Allred, October 31, 1979

Description: Interview with Democratic journalist and member of the Texas House of Representative David Allred, from Wichita Falls, Texas. David Allred was the son of former Governor James V. Allred. In the interview, Allred describes some of his experiences as a member of the Sixty-sixth Legislature. His topics of discussion include the Sam Houston Caucus, his impressions of Governor William Clements and Speaker Bill Clayton, consumer legislation, interest rates, tax reliefs, the Peveto Bill, and the "Killer Bees".
Date: October 31, 1979
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Allred, David

Oral History Interview with Dean M. McCall, February 26, 1971

Description: Interview with Dean M. McCall, Army Air Corps veteran and survivor of the siege of Corregidor. The interview includes McCall's personal experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. McCall talks about the Japanese bombing of Nichols Field, the fall of Bataan, the fall of Corregidor and his capture, Bilibid Prison, hell ship to Japan, copper mining at Motiyama, Honshu, American air raids and naval bombardment, and liberation.
Date: February 26, 1971
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & McCall, Dean M.

Oral History Interview with Emory M. Spencer, September 30, 1971

Description: Interview with attorney Emory M. Spencer. The interview includes Spencer's personal experiences about being an attorney. Spencer talks about the development of the Coastal Bend area of South Texas 1920-71, cotton farming, Irish settlers and the Ku Klux Klan, gambling, the development of the Aransas County Airport, oil exploration, housing subdivisions, the Coastal Bend Regional Planning Commission, hurricanes, agriculture, property values, and prominent citizens of the county.
Date: September 30, 1971
Creator: Stephens, A. Ray & Spencer, Emory M.

Oral History Interview with Frank A. Hoke, November 24, 1971

Description: Interview with Frank A. Hoke, banker and attorney. The interview includes Hoke's personal experiences about being an employee of the Dallas regional office of the Home Owners Loan Corporation during the New Deal. Hoke talks about mortgage buying, loan amortization, insurance, home improvements, accounting procedures, politics and patronage, taxes and appraising, foreclosures, and loan servicing.
Date: November 24, 1971
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Hoke, Frank A.

Oral History Interview with Fred Agnich, August 11, 1975

Description: Interview with Fred Agnich, businessman and member of the Texas House of Representatives, Republican. The interview includes Agnich's personal experiences as a member of the 64th Legislature. Agnich talks about the House speakership race, appropriations, committee appointments, the strip mining bill, public school financing, public utilities legislation, constitutional revision, and Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date: August 11, 1975
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Agnich, Fred