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William Smid Oral History, 4-9-1985


Scope and Contents

Part 1 of 3.

0:00 - Introduction

0:52 - Father, mother, birth and childhood.

7:00 - Parent's farming practices.

7:37 - Caring for horses and farming.

27:36 - School.

30:20 - German language and community, speaking English in school, and bilingual education.

37:34 - Transitioning to high school.

39:42 - College and teaching.

44:47 - The late 20's and a "running away".

59:00 - Picking cotton.

Part 2 of 3.

0:00 - 1929 and trying to get a job, and stories related to working.

15:47 - Getting injured and spending time in the hospital.

20:55 - Back at work and gambling.

22:39 - Returning home.

30:21 - Teaching.

37:30 - After teaching, hauling gravel, Texas Chiropractic College and work as a chiropractor.

55:10 - Walking club.

Part 3 of 3.

0:00 - Continued from part 02

15:07 - World War II.

29:30 - Marriage.

30:20 - After the war, moving to St. Louise and having a son.

38:10 - 1949, moving to the Rio Grande Valley.

47:47 - Flying equipment changes, buying an airstrip and pesticides.

Interview conducted on an unknown date by Robert E. Norton. Digital transfer completed on 10 March 2014 from the original analog cassette tape.


  • 4-9-1985


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3 Files (Rio Grande Valley - Oral Histories (ELIBR-0027))

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Repository

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