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Pump-Rod Coupling

Description: The Patent for a Pump-Rod Coupling. Its creation allows for ease and speed in coupling or uncoupling to the wind mill rod.
Date: May 21, 1912
Creator: Massey, James B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Daniel Caudillo, July 27, 2016

Description: Daniel Caudillo was born to Mexican immigrants in Odessa, Texas. He grew up as a migrant child with a home base in Odessa. Caudillo graduated from Permian High School in 2000, and then briefly attended Odessa College and the University of Texas-Permian Basin. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2003 and then the Law School of Texas Tech University in 2007. Caudillo then went to work for an immigration law firm in El Paso, Texas; he opened his own law firm dedicated to immigration law in 2008 with offices in both El Paso and Odessa. Caudillo advises the public on immigration law through various non-profits.
Date: July 27, 2016
Creator: Caudillo, Daniel; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Mario Contreras, July 18, 2016

Description: Mario N. Contreras was born in 1951 in the south side of Odessa, Texas (the “original” barrio of Odessa). He grew up in that neighborhood and graduated from Ector High School in 1970. Afterward, Contreras attended Odessa College, Sul Ross State University, and Baylor University before graduating from the University of Texas-Permian Basin in 1974. Contreras briefly joined the Brown Berets of Odessa during the late 1960s. After college, Contreras became the first Mexican American salesman in West Texas for Xerox, where he became a top salesman at a state level. In 1988 Contreras founded his own consulting company, and in 2005 became a board member of the Mexican American Network of Odessa that became the Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Date: July 18, 2016
Creator: Contreras, Mario; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Gene Collins, July 8, 2016

Description: Gene Collins was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian University, where he was a campus and community civil rights organizer. He completed his college education at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Collins is now a local businessman and minister in Odessa, Texas. He has been president of the Odessa NAACP for over 15 years, and co-chair for environmental justice for the statewide NAACP. He helped lead several efforts toward environmental justice in and outside Odessa.
Date: July 8, 2016
Creator: Collins, Gene & Wisely, Karen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Richard Abalos, July 7, 2016

Description: Richard C. Abalos grew up in Rankin, Texas. After graduating early from high school, Abalos moved to Odessa, Texas where he attended Odessa College and worked for a law form as an investigator and aide. Before obtaining an undergraduate degree, Abalos entered law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antono, Texas. After law school, he was drafted into the military. Upon returning to Odessa, he became the city’s first Mexican American attorney and handled several civil rights cases, including the nationally recognized Larry Lozano police beating that galvanized the region’s Chicano Movement.
Date: July 7, 2016
Creator: Abalos, Richard; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Feliz Abalos, July 15, 2016

Description: Feliz Abalos was born (1979) and raised in Odessa, Texas. Abalos graduated from Odessa High School in 1996 a semester early and attended one spring semester at Sul Ross State University. She graduated from the University of Houston in 2001 and then attended law school at Ohio Northern University Abalos has been chair of the Ector County Democratic Party. She has worked in various local political campaigns since she was a child. Abalos was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Premium Basin Planned Parenthood.
Date: July 15, 2016
Creator: Abalos, Feliz & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Delma Abalos, July 14, 2016

Description: Delma Abalos was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. She attended Odessa College as well as the University of Texas-Permian Basin. Abalos gained her undergraduate degree in political science and her master’s degree in history. She now teaches courses in history, including Mexican American history, at Odessa College. Delma also served within the Ector County ISD board of trustees.
Date: July 14, 2016
Creator: Abalos, Delma; Moye, Todd; Wisley, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with David Baker, July 29, 2018

Description: David K. Baker was born in 1951 In Mckamy, Texas. He graduated from high school in 1969 and then worked for a few months in the oil fields of West Texas. Baker then worked for Southwestern Bell, beginning in October of 1969, and soon joined the Communication Workers of America union. He worked for Southwestern Bell until 2002 and then returned (now to AT&T until 2010). Baker was drafted in 1971 into the Vietnam War. Baker moved to Odessa, Texas in 1980 and then became part of the union’s executive board at the local level, and was president of the local from 1987 to 1990. He is now president of the Permian Basin Central Labor Union.
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Baker, David; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Scrapped Service Truck

Description: Negative of a broken down service truck in a junkyard surrounded by junked cars in Odessa, Texas. The truck belonged to J. P. "Bum" Gibbons Oil Well Servicing.
Date: unknown
Partner: Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame

Service Truck

Description: Negative of a service truck in a junkyard surrounded by junked cars in Odessa, Texas. The truck belonged to J. P. "Bum" Gibbons Oil Well Servicing.
Date: unknown
Partner: Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame

Oral History Interview with Jay Gibson, July 12, 2016

Description: Jay Gibson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while his father attending medical school. The family moved to Kermit, Texas, where Gibson’s father began his practice. Gibson later moved to Austin, Texas when his parents divorced, but attended high school in Kermit during his final years of high school. Gibson attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in 1972, and then attending law school at Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1975. Gibson moved to Odessa, Texas to practice law and was elected into the Texas House of Representatives in 1978 out of Odessa. He served three term ending in 1984 in which he helped secure additional funding for Texas A&M Prairie View and Texas Southern University. As a State Representative, Gibson was also instrumental in having Martin Luther King being made into a state holiday. Governor Ann Richards later appointed Gibson as a District Judge.
Date: July 12, 2016
Creator: Wisely, Karen; Zapata, Joel & Gibson, Jay
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Vickie Gomez, July 5, 2016

Description: Vickie Gomez was born in Barstow, Texas. Both her father and grandfather tended goats when Gomez was a child. Her family moved to Odessa in 1945, and Gomez attended mixed Anglo and Mexican schools. Gomez first when to Odessa High School and then Ector County High School, where she graduated from in 1959. Gomez then went to Odessa College, after being discouraged from attending university by a high school counselor. At the same time, she became the first Hispanic to work for the city’s First National Bank. After attending Odessa College for six years, Gomez went to the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated from in 1972. When she returned to Odessa, she began working as an administrator for the University of Texas Premium Basin. In 1976, Gomez ran for Ector County ISD Board of Trustees. She won an at-large election with a black and brown coalition. Gomez helped push integration in Odessa schools.
Date: July 5, 2016
Creator: Zapata, Joel & Gomez, Vickie
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Johnnie Mae Carter, July 6, 2016

Description: Audio recording of an interview with Johnnie Mae Carter, who was born in East Texas and grew up partly in College Station, Texas, Colorado, and Slaton, Texas. While living in Slaton, Carter was not allowed to attend the local high school because she is African American. Thus, she attended Dunbar High School in Lubbock, Texas. Her family later moved to Odessa, Texas. In Odessa, Carter attended Odessa College to become a nurse. She worked several years as a nurse and also volunteered and later worked for Planned Parenthood in Odessa.
Date: July 6, 2016
Creator: Carter, Johnnie Mae & Wisely, Karen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library