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Oral History Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sparks, May 29, 1969

Description: Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sparks, husband and wife from Portland, Texas who are in the cotton farming, banking, and insurance industries. In the interview, Mr. and Mrs. Walter both describe their childhood and early years in school and work. They both share their personal observations on land speculation, settlement, and development in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas, where they have been residents for many years. They also describe the small town's social life and relations with Hispanics.
Date: May 29, 1969
Creator: Stephens, A. Ray & Sparks, Walter
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Jack Blanton, June 30, 1970

Description: Interview with a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives Jack Blanton, who is also a businessman from Carrollton, Texas. In the interview, Blanton discusses his experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature. He also expresses his opinions on issues including his personal political philosophies, one-year versus two-year budgets, the Caveness Plan, social legislation, the establishment of the University of Texas at Dallas, the creation of new four-year colleges, unrest on current college campuses, revenue legislation, beer and liquor lobbies, and person legislation. He also comments on Governor Preston Smith.
Date: June 30, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Blanton, Jack
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Mrs. Walter Sparks, May 28, 1969

Description: Interview with Mrs. Walter Sparks, a homemaker and long-time resident of the town of Portland, Texas. In the interview, Mrs. Sparks describes her early life when she first came to Portland with her parents. She also discusses what it was like to live an agrarian lifestyle in the small community. Mrs. Sparks shares her observations on land speculation, settlement, and development around Sinton and Portland throughout the years.
Date: May 28, 1969
Creator: Stephens, A. Ray & Sparks, Walter
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Walt Parker, February 4, 1970

Description: Interview with Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives Walt Parker, who is also a builder and farmer-rancher from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Parker describes details from his childhood and early years. He recounts his personal views and experiences as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature, and includes comments on Governor Preston Smith. Parker also discusses his personal views on issues including revenue legislation, the influence of lobbyists, state minimum wage law, the creation of new four-year colleges, committee appointments, and changes in state sales tax exemptions.
Date: February 4, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Parker, Walt
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with H. Grady Perry, 1968-1969

Description: Interview with former member of the Texas House of Representatives H. Grady Perry, a journalist from Stephenville, Texas. Mr. Perry is also a brother-in-law to former Governor Coke Stevenson. In the interview, Mr. Perry recollects his thoughts and experiences while serving in the Thirty-seventh Legislature. He comments on several different politicians including Senator Joe Bailey and Sam Johnson, and also Governors Pat Neff, James and Miriam Ferguson, and Coke Stevenson. He describes his meeting with William Jennings Bryan and goes into detail about Southwest Texas machine politics.
Date: April 8, 1968
Creator: Gantt, Fred & Perry, H. Grady
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Mrs. Thomas A. Wise, May 28, 1969

Description: Interview with Mrs. Thomas A. Wise, a homemaker and long-time resident of the Coastal Bend area of South Texas, more specifically Corpus Christi. In the interview, Mrs. Wise describes what it was like growing up in a small farming community. She discusses her observations over the settlement and development of the Corpus Christi area. She also discusses the town's Mexican-Anglo relations and cattle ranching culture.
Date: May 28, 1969
Creator: Stephens, A. Ray & Wise, Thomas A.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Oscar H. Mauzy, February 19, 1982

Description: Interview with Democratic attorney and member of the Texas Senate Oscar H. Mauzy from Dallas, Texas. In the interview, Mauzy recollects memories and experiences as a member of the Sixty-seventh legislature. He discusses his personal views on issues including the elections of 1980, initiative-referendum, the abortion issue, law-and-order legislation, redistricting, and the state water plan. Mauzy also comments on Ross Perot, Governor William Clements, Lieutenant Governor William Hobby, and Attorney General Mark White.
Date: February 19, 1982
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Mauzy, Oscar H.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

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
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with L. DeWitt Hale, September 3, 1975

Description: Interview with Democratic attorney and member of the Texas House of Representatives L. DeWitt Hale, from Corpus Christi, Texas. In the interview, Hale discusses his experiences as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. He also expresses his personal thoughts and memories on the House speakership race, appropriations, committee appointments, public school financing, public utilities legislation, constitutional revisions, personal legislation, and comments on fellow politician Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date: September 3, 1975
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Hale, L. DeWitt
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Sarah Weddington, July 8, 1975

Description: Interview with Democratic attorney and member of the Texas Legislature Sarah Weddington from Austin, Texas. In the interview, Weddington discusses her experiences while serving as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. She also discusses her decision to enter politics and her personal political philosophies. Weddington expresses her thoughts on the House speakership race, committee appointments, constitutional revisions, the Equal Rights Amendment, public school financing, public utilities legislation, personal legislation, and comments on Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date: July 8, 1975
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Weddington, Sarah
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Sarah Weddington, July 11, 1977

Description: Interview with Democratic attorney and member of the Texas Legislature Sarah Weddington from Austin, Texas. In the interview, Weddington discusses her experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fifth Legislature on issues such as budget surpluses, highway appropriations, public school financing, the Peveto Bill, property taxations, and personal legislation.
Date: July 11, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Weddington, Sarah
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

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
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

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
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Renne Allred, Jr., 1968

Description: Interview with Renne Allred, Jr., an attorney for the Receiver (State Insurance Board). The interview includes Allred's experiences during the Texas insurance scandals of the mid-1950s, James Allred's gubernatorial campaigns, early insurance litigation, appointment as assistant state attorney general (1953), state insurance frauds and scandals, and the U. S. Trust and Guaranty case. It also includes his relationship with the Texas Insurance Board, and his opinions on accounting and bookkeeping irregularities, Texas Mutual and General American cases, the role of Byron Saunders, legislative investigating committees, fraudulent activities of Ben Jack Cage, the roles of Texas Attorneys General Will Wilson and John Ben Sheppard, the suit against Republic Bank of Dallas and the role of Ralph Yarborough.
Date: March 17, 1969
Creator: Odom, E. Dale & Allred, Renne
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Gilbert C. Garcia, March 3, 1969

Description: Interview with Gilbert C. Garcia, businessman. The interview includes his experiences as a leader in the American GI Forum, the Political Association of Spanish-speaking Organizations (PASO), and other Mexican-American social action groups. It also includes his opinions on the Delgado Case, the poll tax drives, the Texas gubernatorial campaign of 1962, and the Crystal City elections, 1963.
Date: February 28, 1971
Creator: Cuellar, Robert & Garcia, Gilbert C.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

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.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Albin, May 30, 1969

Description: Interview with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Albin, who have been resident farmers in the town of Taft, Texas for a number of years. In the interview, the Albin's describe their observations on land speculation, settlement, and development around the rural town. They also talk about when they first moved to Taft in 1910, and what agrarian life was like until the 1930's. The Albin's discuss Mexican-Anglo relations in the community as well as the rise and impacts of the Ku Klux Klan.
Date: May 30, 1969
Creator: Stephens, A. Ray & Albin, J. W.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Marguerite Lang, May 28, 1969

Description: Interview with Marguerite Lang, a long-time resident of Portland, Texas. In the interview, Miss Lang describes her observations on land speculation, settlement, and development of Portland. She also discusses what it was like growing up and living an agrarian lifestyle in Portland.
Date: May 28, 1969
Creator: Stephens, A. Ray & Lang, Marguerite
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with William J. Lawson, 1968

Description: Interview with William J. Lawson, a former executive assistant to Governor W. Lee O'Daniel, who was the former Secretary of State for Texas. In the interview, Mr. Lawson, who is from Austin, Texas, discusses his appointment as executive assistant to O'Daniel in 1941. He also describes his role and associations with the administration at the time, as well as his impressions of O'Daniel. Mr. Lawson expresses his personal views and experiences when it comes to relations between O'Daniel and the Legislature, the Democratic State Executive Committee, patronage, the Senate, and also when O'Daniel was appointed Secretary of State.
Date: March 15, 1968
Creator: Gantt, Fred & Lawson, William J.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with W. N. Peach, June 24, 1966

Description: Interview with professional economist Dr. W. Nelson Peach. The interview includes Peach's experiences as one of the principal persons in the Rainey controversy at the University of Texas, 1944-45. It also includes his sympathies for new Deal labor legislation, being accused of pro-communist leanings, role of Dallas Morning News, investigations by Board of Regents and his dismissal, support of President Homer Rainey, and the role of AAUP.
Date: October 10, 1967
Creator: Cochran, Kendall & Peach, William Nelson
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Weldon Hart, 1966-1967

Description: Interviews with Weldon Hart, a public relations executive and executive director of the Texas Good Roads Association. The interviews includes Hart's experiences as press secretary and appointments secretary to former Governors Beauford Jester, 1947-50, and Allan Shivers, 1950-57; head of the Texas Employment Commission; organization of a Texas political machine; lobbying for the highway construction industries of Texas. The interviews took place on three separate dates: August 8, 1966, February 6, 1967, and July 3, 1967.
Date: December 18, 1967
Creator: Brewer, Thomas B.; Odom, E. Dale & Hart, Weldon
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with William Hunter McLean, 1968

Description: Interview with William Hunter McLean, insurance executive, former chair of the Texas State board of Insurance (1963-68), and chairman of the Johnson-Humphrey campaign in Texas. The interview includes McLean's comments on the evolution of the State Board of Insurance, insurance scandals of the mid-1950s, fire and casualty rate-making, automobile insurance and the Johnson-Humphrey campaign in Texas.
Date: November 16, 1968
Creator: Odom, E. Dale & McLean, William Hunter
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Darrell Harrington, July 5, 1997

Description: Interview with Darrell Harrington, an anesthetist and Army veteran of the Vietnam War. In the interview, Harrington describes his experiences while serving as an Army nurse, and includes details on his assignments to Chu Lai, Da Nang, and the 91st Evacuation Hospital in An Khe. Harrington also discusses the treatment of wounded troops and enemy soldiers, relationships between doctors and nurses, general morale problems, and recreational activities. He recalls his return to the States on thirty-day leave as well as post-Vietnam adjustments and his attitudes toward the war.
Date: July 5, 1997
Creator: Houser-Hess, Lucinda & Harrington, Darrell
Partner: UNT Oral History Program