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The online home of our growing oral history interview collection.

Oral History

Our online award-winning oral history collection consists of more than 350 interviews. They are arranged alphabetically by last name under individual Alpha headings below: A, B, C, etc.  The interviews feature photographs of most interviewees, an interview description, downloadable interview transcripts, and audio files that can be streamed or downloaded. In 2007 we received the Texas Oral History Association's Mary Faye Barnes Award for Excellence in Community History Projects.

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Albrecht, Richard

Albrecht, Richard

July 29, 2010

Interview 205a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, pharmacist and former Diboll School Board member Richard Albrecht discusses his tenure on the school board and the major issues of his day. The interview concentrates on the desegregation and integration of Diboll's schools and Mr. Albrecht discusses his reasons for running for school board, his interactions with the other board members and school administrators, as well as community members during the integration process. 

Anthony, Ben

Anthony, Ben

May 12, 1976

Interview 001a: In this 1976 interview with Marge Shepherd, Ben Anthony remembers life as a real estate agent in Beverly Hills, California and his interactions with movie stars Jack Benny, Will Rogers, and Barbara Stanwyck.  He also mentions his accomplishments as a shooter.

Asher, Inez Thompson

Asher, Inez Thompson

July 01, 1984

Interview 38a : In this lengthy interview with Megan Lamber and An Sweeny, Inez Thompson Asher reminisces about living in Fastrill as a child. She remembers the houses, the people who lived there, the boarding house, the school, swimming in the Neches, and shopping in the commissary. Mrs. Thompson compares her years in Fastrill, Diboll, and Houston and recalls the Great Depression in Fastrill. She had a happy childhood and remembers Fastrill with fondness.

Ashworth, Wesley

Ashworth, Wesley

July 01, 1984

Interview 41a : Life-long Angelina County native and long-time Southern Pine Lumber Company employee Wesley Ashworth recalls how life in Diboll changed from 1922 to 1984. He remembers the Great Depression, the burning of the box factory, the changes Arthur Temple, Jr. made to Diboll when he came to town in 1948, and how Diboll has evolved from small sawmill town with dirt roads to a real city. For the most part, he approves of the changes to his home town and looks back with great happiness when recalling his over 48 years of service to Southern Pine Lumber Company.