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The speaker is an 81-year-old White woman with a college education from Bay City, Texas; she was recorded in 1967.



County: Matagorda
State: TX

Commentary:
About 90 miles southwest of Houston, Bay City is the county seat of Matagorda County, with a current population around 18,000. The main industries aside from oil and natural gas are cattle ranching and farming crops such as soybeans, corn, and rice. In this segment the speaker talks about planting her first rice crop in Lane City (about 20 miles north of Bay City) and later raising cattle in a neighboring county to the northeast.
Inf: And then in nineteen hundred and seven, we put our first rice crop in. And we put in eighteen rice crops [FW: Was that some???]. And then um???

FW: Was that some land you already owned?

Inf: That was up at Lane City. Up in Wharton County. Between here and Wharton. But they got water from the Colorado River. We had, oh they had p-, a lot of land up there in rice, and uh, they pumped the water from the river. And then they had two lifts, you see, to lift it up h-, the water higher, so they could put it out over the higher ground [FW: Mm-hmm].

And so then we went into, after we stopped, he got sick, and then he didn???t farm any more rice for several years. And then we had cattle. And then we lost so many of them when we were gone, when he was sick. And so he never was able to work anymore [FW: He was???].

And then, uh, in about thirty-, in the, uh, last, later thirties, why, I start-, we moved over on, in Brazoria County, Fort Bend County. And uh, we, I used to help in that store over there, then, would run that [FW: Mm-hmm]. And we stayed, then I went to work at Manvel in another store. And then after he passed away, why then I moved over here.


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