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Oral History Collection

J. M. Hodges Library houses the DVD collection of Wharton County Historical Commission Oral History Programs.

The collection describes the settings in which oral information about the past is communicated, including informal conversations as well as formal interviews. The scope of the collection includes the role of the person being interviewed within the community, personal and family experiences, occupations, and events and persons in the community's past.

WCJC libraries have made these oral history materials available to local researchers and the community. Copies of these programs can be reproduced from the master tape in DVD format for general public use. Please email the library with your request at wcjclibrary@wcjc.edu, call the library at 979-532-6509 or complete this online request form.

Information about the program, such as its call number, date of production, title, specific remarks, and the running time are added to a master list as noted below:

WHARTON COUNTY ORAL HISTORY SERIES PROGRAMS (April, 2016)

Call Number Year Title Remarks Time
OH-01 11-12-1980 An interview with Francis " Frank" Des Riviers Sorrel Interviewed by William A. Ansley and Sidney A. Wilbeck 56 min.
OH-02 11-25-1980 An interview with Oryn Andrews " Tom" Tyler  Interviewed by R.D. " Jim" Little, M.D. 60 min.
OH-03 04-23-1981 An interview with Edgar Hinkle Hudgins (ranching) Interviewed by Stanley D. Irish 60 min.
OH-04 02-02-1981 An interview with Mary Lee Shannon Stevens Interviewed by Ruth Patton 35 min.
OH-05 06-02-1981 An interview with F.J.L. " Bing" Blasingame Interviewed by R.D. " Jim" Little, M.D. 60 min.
OH-06 06-03-1981 An interview with William Aldridge Cline, Sr. (history of the Wharton County Abstract Co.)  Interviewed by William A. Cline, Jr. 60 min.
OH-07 06-09-1981 An interview with Charles Graves Sivells, Jr. (history of public education in Wharton)   Interviewed by Mrs. Lannie B. Williams 60 min.
OH-08 06-23-1981 An interview with Edgar Hinkle Hudgins (Hudgins family and development of the J.D. Hudgins ranch)  Interviewed by Merle Reue Hudgins 50 min.
OH-09  08-20-1981 The history of the Colorado River raft or natural dam – an interview with Judge Thomas Henry Abell   Interviewed by Mrs. Eve Bartlett 40 min.
OH-10 10-01-1981 An interview with Charles Washington Dawson (personal history and history of African-American education in Wharton) Interviewed by Charles Graves Sivells   50 min.
OH-11 10-15-1981 History of the Wharton Masonic Lodge – and interview with Irving Moore and Vernon Melton Interviewed by Henry Smith   55 min.
OH-12   10-27-1981  An interview with Mrs. Elizabeth " Lizzie" Otto (early history of the First Baptist Church of Wharton and general history of early years in Wharton) Interviewed by Dr. Jim Coats    60 min.
OH-13 10-28-1981 An interview with Verner Petersen (history of Danevang, Texas) Interviewed by  R.L. Cowser 60 min.
OH-15 08-20-1982 An interview with Anton " Toby" Chomout and R.J. " Rudy" Strnadel  (personal histories)   Interviewed by Chuck Schwartzkopf 60 min.
OH-16 09-15-1982  Life as I have lived it – an interview with Tom Tyler (personal history) Interviewed by Leroy " Sonny" Bahner 60 min.
OH-17 09-20-1982 My experiences with Wharton County Junior College – an interview with Sybil L. Goldsmith  Interviewed by Patsy Norton 30 min.
OH-18 09-27-1982 Recollections of early life in El Campo, Texas  – an interview with  Mr. Bernie Louis Franke  Interviewed by T.K. " Ken" Franke 25 min.
OH-19 10-08-1982 Old days in Wharton – with Horton Foote and Maner Stafford   60 min.
OH-20 10-08-1982 Old days in Wharton – with Horton Foote and Laura Brooks Ray   60 min.
OH-21 11-12-1982  Recollections of the El Campo public school system - an interview with Selma Allen Interviewed by Arliss A. Treybig 50 min.
OH-22 02-17-1983 A half-century of banking – an interview with Mr. Ralph Kirk and Mrs. Patsy Kirk Wigginton
(personal history of banking in El Campo)
Interviewed by Joe Tom Davis 60 min.
OH-24 10-04-1983 A conversation with John Samuel " Jno" Morris and his grandson, Richard T. " Dick" Hudgins (personal history)   60 min.
OH-25 11-07-1983 An interview with T.W. " Buckshot" Lane (personal history and history in law enforcement) Interviewed by W.O. " Bubby" Frazier 45 min.
OH-27 07-05-1984 Educational, civic and cultural leader; avisit with Mrs. Agnes Isaacson of El Campo Interviewed by Joe Tom Davis 60 min.
OH-28 07-31-1984 Ruby Baty, a life of community service (part 1) Interviewed by Joe Tom Davis 60 min.
    Ruby Baty, a life of community service (part 2)   30 min.
OH-29 09-27-1984 Paul Williams,  a W.C.J.C. original (part 1) Interviewed by Joe Tom Davis 45 min.
    Paul Williams,  a W.C.J.C. original (part 2)   60 min.
OH-30 10-18-1984 A Wharton county cowgirl, an interview with Naomi Chappell Interviewed by Joe Tom Davis 60 min.
OH-32 07-01-1993 An interview with I.J. Irvin Interviewed by Annie Lee Ansley 60 min.
OH-33 02-10-99 History of the El Campo Women’s Club (1912-1989) with Mary C. Wilson and Lucy Collins   35 min.
OH-35 03-07-2000 Bolton and Armstrong/Watts family histories – early Wharton settlers Interviewed by Patsy Norton 35 min.
OH-36 03-07-2000 Louie Fabian Worthing, family patriarch and community leader – as told by Sue Worthing White Interviewed by Merle Reue Hudgins 35 min.
OH-37 1978 " The Eyes of Texas" with Ray Miller (KPRC-TV Channel 2 Houston) –  The Egypt Plantation:  George Heard Northington III and Anita Williamson Northington   

(Note: master tape of this program resides at Northington Plantation, Egypt Texas)
   8 min.
OH-38 03-09-1998 " Looking Back" series – Wharton County Historical Museum; John Morris and Tom Tyler
Note: master tape of this program resides at Wharton County Historical Museum, Wharton)
  N.A.
OH-39 06-06-1999 " Looking Back" series – Wharton County Historical Museum; Delfin Marek and Dorothy Kennedy  (Note:  master tape of this program Resides at Wharton County Historical Museum, Wharton)   N.A.
OH-40 05-07-2000 " Looking Back" series – Wharton County Historical Museum; John Kavsh and Annie Lee Ansley  (Note: master tape of this program resides at Wharton County Historical Museum, Wharton)   N.A.
OH-41 07-19-2000 History of the Egypt Plantation, an interview with Anita Northington  Interviewed by Joe Tom Davis 60 min.

OH-42 11-22-1983  "An interview with Sol Alpard, co-  founder of Wharton County Junior College" (WTVM-TV Channel 5 Wharton) - Wharton County Historical Commission and Wharton County Junior College        Interviewed by Chuck Schwartzkopf        27 min.      
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