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Donovan, Richard

Donovan, Richard

Donovan, Richard

Date: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Interview 178b: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, long-time Angelina County resident and conservationist Richard Donovan talks about his father, Allen T. Donovan, touching on his early career but focusing on his time at the Xact Clays and Magcobar mining operations near Zavalla.  He talks about growing up in Zavalla, spending time at the plant with is father, a childhood accident, interactions with African Americans, and earning money as a child.  Mr. Donovan also discusses the changes within southern Angelina County and East Texas at large, as the lumber companies moved in and changed the economy and the landscape and then left again.  He talks about farming, hay baling, stock raising and the coming of the stock laws, types of trees, and race relations.  Jonathan asks about the current state of the East Texas environment and problems with development and Mr. Donovan discusses these issues as well.