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Oral History Interview with Trixie Lucille Dixon Sample, November 17, 1998

Description: Interview with Trixie Lucille Dixon Sample, registered nurse from Kerrville, Texas. Mrs. Sample recounts stories from her 30 years working as a nurse at the Veteran's Hospital - including how she met her husband and the problems she encountered with the hospital's policy against married nurses.
Date: November 17, 1998
Creator: Snodgrass, Clarabelle; Bethel, Ann & Sample, Trixie Lucille Dixon
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Estelle Adams, July 5, 2014

Description: Interview with Estelle Adams discussing her life growing up in Wheelock, Texas as well as her grandparents who left Georgia and other extended family members. She also talks about her experiences teaching in various Texas towns, including a segregated school in Bryan, Texas and being transferred to a school in Dallas, Texas during integration.
Date: July 5, 2014
Creator: Smith, Tiffany & Adams, Estelle Mitchell
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Warren Klein, March 18, 1999

Description: Interview with Warren Klein, a rancher from Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Klein discusses his parents' move to the area, his life as a rancher, and several notable events in local history: droughts, the flood of 1932, the establishment of the Divide School building on his family's land, and deadly weather.
Date: March 18, 1999
Creator: Craig, Brenda; Nicholson, Marj & Klein, Warren
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Vern "Bucky" Blodgett, May 3, 2001

Description: Interview with Vern "Bucky" Blodgett, an armed forces veteran and Veteran's Administration worker from Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Blodgett describes moving to and growing up in Kerrville, and his work with the VA Hospital there (first as a clerk, and finally, as acting associate director). Besides serving in the service for four years, he also worked in several VA facilities around the country before making his way back to Kerrville. His memories of the town include details of the flood of 1932, his role in founding the Buck 'N' Bull Club (a rifle club) in 1946, and a few stories concerning the religious community. A historical profile of the Kerrville VA Hospital is included at the end of interview transcript.
Date: May 3, 2001
Creator: Bethel, Ann; Snodgrass, Clarabelle & Blodgett, Vern
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with William Edward "Bill" Dickey, October 12, 2000

Description: Interview with William Edward "Bill" Dickey, a fiddle player from Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Dickey's ancestors were some of the first Kerr County settlers. He talks about his family's history, including a feud between his relatives, the Hendersons, and the Hopes. He recounts the development of his music career as a left-handed fiddler.
Date: October 12, 2000
Creator: Bethel, Ann; Snodgrass, Clarabelle; Dickey, William Edward & Dickey, James
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek Dickerson, February 27, 2000

Description: Interview with Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek Dickerson, former pilot from Kerrville, Texas. Mrs. Dickerson describes her early interest in airplanes and tells stories from her days with the WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), flying different types of aircraft to bases all over the United States. She includes the history of WASP, its formation, and dissolution. Her flying stories detail plane crashes and near-death experiences, including the sabotage of planes at the airport in Enid, OK by a German National. Mrs. Dickerson also talks about running a flying service in the Kerrville airport with her husband, Carl Meek, during the early days of aviation after WWII.
Date: February 27, 2000
Creator: Snodgrass, Clarabelle; Bethel, Ann & Dickerson, Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Jack L. Groff, October 12, 2000

Description: Interview with Jack L. Groff, a sheep and goat specialist from Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Groff, describes his career advising ranchers how to raise goats and sheep for over 50 years, his activities as a mohair and wool specialist for Texas A&M, and his involvement with the National Mohair Council. He discusses the uses and production of mohair and wool fibers, and tracks the industry's spatial and economic growth over the years.
Date: October 12, 2000
Creator: Bethel, Ann; Snodgrass, Clarabelle & Groff, Jack L.
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Harry William Crate, June 9, 1998

Description: Interview with Harry William Crate, former professor of mathematics and engineering with an interest in archaeology from Kerrville, Texas. Professor Crate discusses the results of various fossil and artifact finding expeditions around the Hill Country of Texas, specifically the numerous burned rock mounds found in the Kerry County area. He includes his opinions on why and how the burned mounds were created. As noted in the transcript, the interview continues in the manuscript of Professor Crate's wife, Melba Lee Williams Crate.
Date: June 9, 1998
Creator: Patton, Laura; O'Hara, Peggy; Crate, Harry William & Crate, Melba Lee Williams
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Ammie Rose Hollar Garrett Salter, February 14, 2001

Description: Interview with Ammie Rose Hollar Garrett Salter, a retiree who has lived in Kerrville, Texas intermittently over the years. Mrs. Salter discusses visiting her grandparents in Kerrville, meeting her first husband, Julian "Joe" Garrett, a Canadian immigrant, her involvement with planes, her substitute teaching career, and her work with the Audubon Society.
Date: February 14, 2001
Creator: Snodgrass, Clarabelle; Bethel, Ann & Salter, Ammie Rose Hollar Garrett
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Itasco Sampson Wilson, January 16, 2001

Description: Interview with Itasco Sampson Wilson, teacher and pianist from Kerrville, Texas. Mrs. Wilson talks about coming to Kerrville to teach at the "Kerrville Colored School," life for African-Americans in the area, the African-American community, and her personal life.
Date: January 16, 2001
Creator: Bacon, Dan; Bethel, Ann & Wilson, Itasco Sampson
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Thomas Jasper "Jack" Moore, III, June 6, 2011

Description: Interview with Thomas Jasper "Jack" Moore, III, a lumberyard from Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Moore describes lives of three generations of the Moor family who owned a general store in Ingram, Texas, and later lumberyards and/or ranches. He also discusses how ranchers deal with coyotes. The interview transcript includes photos of Mr. Moore and his family, on pages 24-26.
Date: June 6, 2011
Creator: Collins, Francelle Robison; Stephens, Louis; Moore, Thomas Jasper, III & Moore, Peggy Benson
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Richard Clay McBride, April 3, 2012

Description: Interview with Richard Clay McBryde, a rancher from Kerrville, Texas. Mr. McBryde discusses his life as a rancher, his rodeo career, his education, and his short-lived football career. The interview transcript includes photos of Richard Clay McBryde, his rodeo years, and his family, on pages 16-21.
Date: April 3, 2012
Creator: Collins, Francelle Robison; Stephens, Louis & McBryde, Richard Clay
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Barbara Kiefer Schellhase and Walter Schellhase, October 3, 2013

Description: Interview with Barbara Kiefer Schellhase and Walter Schellhase, a couple who retired in Kerrville, Texas. The couple discusses their individual family histories, their childhoods in Kerrville, their move away from the area, the lumberyard company they owned together in Louisiana, and their work on restoring the A. C. Schreiner family home during their retirement. The interview transcript includes photos of the couple and their family, as well as a letter, on pages 31-41.
Date: October 3, 2013
Creator: Collins, Francelle Robison; Stephens, Louis; Schellhase, Barbara Kiefer & Schellhase, Walter Ray
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Marium Frances Hood Schmerbeck, March 15, 2011

Description: Interview with Marium Frances Hood Schmerbeck, a 94 year old former teacher from Kerrville, Texas. Mrs. Schmerbeck discusses being brought up by her grandparents in Dallas, her education, her teaching career, and meeting her husband, Garrett Schmerbeck.
Date: March 15, 2011
Creator: Collins, Francelle Robison; Webb, Jeanie Archer & Schmerbeck, Marium Frances Hood
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Elsie Mona Guthrie Kullenberg, January 14, 2008

Description: Interview with Elsie Mona Guthrie Kullenberg, a Texan Hill Country native from Kerrville, Texas. Mrs. Kullenberg's daughter, Lois Kullenberg Hulse. Mrs. Kullenberg discusses her upbringing, her marriage to Upton Kullenberg, coming to Kerrville, the various businesses she and her husband ran, and driving a Model T.
Date: January 14, 2008
Creator: Collins, Francelle Robison; Webb, Jeanie Archer & Kullenberg, Elsie Mona Guthrie
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Melba Lee Williams Crate, June 9, 1998

Description: Interview with Melba Lee Williams, a former professor and descendant of some of the first settlers in Kerr County, from Kerrville, Texas. In this interview, Mrs. Crate relates how her great-grandparents came with Joshua Brown (Texas pioneer) to the first shingle camp established on the banks of the Guadalupe, in what later became Kerrville. Mrs. Crate briefly details her early life in Bandera, Texas, as well as Kerrville. She also recounts her memories of the flood of 1932.
Date: June 9, 1998
Creator: O'Hara, Peggy & Crate, Melba Lee Williams
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Louis Meade Burton and Patricia Ruth Scott Burton, October 15, 2013

Description: Interview with Louis Meade Burton and Patricia Ruth Scott Burton, a couple who were involved with the school system in Kerrville, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Burton discuss their family histories, their move move to the area, Pat's work with the Tivy school system, Louis's coaching career, and the flood of 1932. The interview includes photographs of the couple and their family, on pages 27-37.
Date: October 15, 2013
Creator: Collins, Francelle Robison; Stephens, Louis; Burton, Louis M. & Burton, Pat
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Anna Elisabeth Sullivan Strohacker, August 31, 2001

Description: Interview with Anna Elisabeth "Betty" Sullivan Strohacker, a former Rations Board worker during WWII, from Kerrville, Texas. Betty talks about her family's migration to the area, her work on the Rations board, life on a ranch, and her activity in the Kerr County Historical Commission and the Republican Party.
Date: August 31, 2001
Creator: Bethel, Ann; Snodgrass, Clarabelle & Strohacker, Anna Elisabeth Sullivan
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Francis H. "Fuzzy" and Cora Nell Cunningham Swayze, May 28, 2008

Description: Interview with Frances Howland "Fuzzy" and Cora Nell Cunningham Swayze, a couple from Kerrville, Texas. The couple discusses their individual childhoods, life during the depression, and life in the Kerr County area. Mr. Swayze discusses his service in the Air Force and Mrs. Swayze discusses her teaching career.
Date: May 28, 2008
Creator: Collins, Francelle Robison; Webb, Jeanie Archer; Swayze, Francis H. & Swayze, Cora Nell Cunningham
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Dr. Dan Wallace Bacon, March 3, 1998

Description: Interview with Dr. Dan Wallace Bacon, a physician from Kerrville, Texas, who also served as the city and Kerr County health officer. Dr. Bacon discusses his family history, as well as his education, medical career, brief stint in the Air Force, and general town life in Kerrville. While working at Peterson Hospital in Kerrville, he treated trauma victims from car accidents on Highway 27. In the Air Force, he briefly practiced psychiatry, served as a prison doctor, and finally switched to obstetrics and gynecology. He relates stories from his time as an obstetrician, as well as a general practitioner and family physician. He also discusses the history of minority communities in Kerrville, especially during integration, and the founding of the Kerrville Veteran's Hospital. Dr. Bacon's further remembrances, as well as a historical profile of the Kerrville VA Hospital, are included at the end of the interview transcript.
Date: March 3, 1998
Creator: Bethel, Ann & Bacon, Dan Wallace
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Mary Margaret Hall Doyen, February 27, 2000

Description: Interview with Mary Margaret Hall Doyen, who was born in the Philippines and moved to Kerrville, Texas when she was 9. Mrs. Doyen details the reasons her family moved to the Philippines, and then to Kerrville. Within the interview, she also talks about her family history (including her Cherokee Indian heritage), the flood of 1932, her grandparent's jewelry store, Self's Jewelry, her schooling in Kerrville, meeting her husband, Glen Doyen, during World War II, and her various occupations throughout her life. Mrs. Doyen says she possesses many photos of Kerrville because of her and her mother's work as photography developers.
Date: February 27, 2000
Creator: Bethel, Ann; Snodgrass, Clarabelle; Doyen, Mary Margaret Hall & Doyen, Glen
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Louis Heimann, Jr., August 3, 2000

Description: Interview with Louis Heimann, Jr., a former bus driver from Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Heimann tells the extensive story of his 40+ year career as a Kerrville Bus Company driver. His anecdotes include stories of drunk passengers, dead passengers, epileptic passengers, passengers who gave birth, passengers who fought, . He briefly mentions his service in the Coast Guard. He also discusses the flood of 1932, the religious community of Kerrville, and identifies local businesses.
Date: August 3, 2000
Creator: Snodgrass, Clarabelle; Bethel, Ann & Heimann, Louis, Jr.
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

Oral History Interview with Levi and Evelyn Taylor, Spetember 19, 1998

Description: Interview with Levi and Evelyn Taylor, former owners of Kerrville's well-loved restaurant, "The Grove," from Ingram, Texas. The couple talks about the history of their restaurant, the day-to-day operation of the establishment, local people and places, and moving back to the area after a short stint in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Date: September 19, 1998
Creator: Rector, William; Grayson, Dorothy; Taylor, Levi & Taylor, Evelyn
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission