Thursday, May 23, 2024

Gray County Oral History Project

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The following were interviewed  for an Oral History Project. For a complete transcript of the interview, please click on the word “Transcript,” and then click on the name of the individual in the second window. If you are interested in audio,  please click on the word “Audio.” The audio file will open in another window and immediately start playing.

The Cimarron City Library has a hard copy of all transcripts and audio cassette tapes on file. For more information, please contact the library.


LORRAINE NUGENT: Transcript/Audio 1/Audio 2

Subjects Discussed: Family History; Farm Life: Electricity/Modern Appliances in the 1920’s/30’s; Elementary/High School Experiences; Dust Storms; Cimarron’s High School Band/Music/School; World War II; Kansas State University; Rationing; Differences in Healthcare; Girls’ Sports in the 1930’s.

TOM KELSAYTranscript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Farm life in the 1940’s & 1950’s; Experiences of home life and school; Meteorology; Time spent in Korea and the Philippines; The comparisons of the Vietnam War and the current Iraqi conflict.

W. WILEY MCFARLAND: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Dust Storms and the Dirty 30’s; Farming during the 1930’s and 40’s; Experiences of home/school life; Home front of World War II; the Korean War; Observations about Vietnam; Description of Cimarron in the 1930’s & 40’s.

WILLY PENNER: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: World War II; Experience of living as a German in Poland in the 1940’s; Immigration to the United States; Schooling in the 1950’s; Description of Cimarron in the 60’s.

HAZEL FLOWERS: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Farm Life and Implements; Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression; Dust bowl in Kansas; Home Front of World War II

Midnight at Noon

LYLE & FRANCES DAVIS: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Experiences with the Dust Bowl; Farm Life/Machinery/Harvest; Experiences in the Country School/High School/Junior College; The arrival of electricity and radio; Jackrabbit Drives; Memories from World War II/Rationing

BRICE RAMSEY: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Depression; Entertainment during the 1930’s and 1940’s; Cimarron History and past layout; Horology; Pearl Harbor and the Air Force during World War II

RUSSELL MONICAL: Transcript/Audio/Video

Subjects Discussed: Dust Storms; Grasshopper Plagues; Jackrabbit Drives; Pearl Harbor and World War II

LILA PENNER: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Stock Market Crash; Dust bowl in Kansas; Pearl Harbor; Home Front of World War II; Great Depression in California

IRA STRAWN: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Farming in the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s; Trains; Milking; Entertainment (Swimming Pool, Trapping Skunks, Movies; Dus tbowl; Farm Harvest; Cadet Training for World War II; Schooling in the 1930’s’ Description of Cimarron in the 1930’s; Rationing; Jackrabbit Drives; Weddings in the 1930’s; Division of the Strawn Family Farm

EARLE & PATSY DIRKS: Transcript/Audio

Subjects Discussed: Dust bowl; Farm Life; Drinking Water; Refrigeration; Irrigation; Milking; Memories from world War II/Rationing; Country School and Community Life; Radio, Television, Telephones; Family


Subjects Discussed: Grasshopper/Jackrabbit Plagues; Depression and Drought; Farm and School Life; Experiences in the 1930’s and 1940’s; Pearl Harbor