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But that was all small cash. The cotton is
what we depended on for the main cash
flow. And the quantity and the quality of
the cotton crop, and the price, of course,
that was in effect at the time you sold your
cotton, that was the determining factor of
how well or how bad the little farmer
lived. Because you had to have clothes.
You had to have gasoline and oil for the old
One of the Burton merchants who frequently
bought cotton was Howard
Matthies, a former schoolteacher who now
serves as an official tour guide for the Farmers
Gin. Raised on a farm in the La Bahia
community, he remembered his father's
early association with the cooperative that
operated the gin. "Daddy was an original
shareholder in this gin and, therefore, all
the cotton he ginned naturally put money
in the gin's pocket. And then he drew
dividends from that."
ABOUT THE TEXAS
When the Oral History Association
held its national meeting at San Antonio's
Menger Hotel in 1982, a group of 40
Texans met to form a regional association.
The participants set an agenda for
the organization of the Texas Oral History
Association (TOHA), which was chartered
by the Texas Secretary of State on
April 5, 1983. Among TOHA's first activities
was a series of workshops, funded
by the Texas Committee for the Humanities,
that were held across the state as part
of the Texas Sesquicentennial. In 1984,
members held their first annual meeting
in conjunction with the Texas State Historical
Today, the Texas Oral History Association
numbers about 200 and includes
members from a variety of disciplines
and interests. Current projects
include an Oral History Award, presented
as part of the Texas History
Day competition each spring, and a
journal, now in preparation, called
For additional information about
the Texas Oral History Association
or the Oral History Association, contact
the Baylor University Institute
for Oral History, P.O. Box 97271,
Waco, Texas 76798, or call: (817)
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