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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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Gambrell, Johnny Jr.

June 26, 2010

Interview 203a : In this interview with Patsy Colbert, Diboll native Johnny Gambrell reminisces about growing up in Diboll as an African American and experiencing segregation and then integration. He started school at the segregated H.G. Temple School and then graduated from the integrated Diboll High School in 1970. Mr. Gambrell talks about race relations before and after integration, high school sports, Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Massey, Diboll Day, and Juneteeenth.

Gartman, Jerry

Gartman, Jerry

June 10, 2010

Interview 200a : In this interview with Becky Donahoe, Jerry Gartman reminisces about his years as an educator, teacher, principal, and coach, particularly in Diboll. Mr. Gartman worked as a teacher and coach during the racial integration years and later served as an elementary school principal and teacher. He reminisces about the integration process, school buildings, curriculum, and raising children in Diboll.

Gibson, Johnny Oliver

Gibson, Johnny Oliver

January 01, 1985

Interview 89a : This transcript is from two self-interviews from sisters Johnny Oliver Gibson and Jackie Oliver Morehead. They each separately talk about their memories of growing up in Diboll and living in the Southern Pine Lumber Company town when their father was not an employee of the company. They mention their relationships with company leaders, African-American citizens, and other townspeople.

Glass, Mrs. A.B.

Glass, Mrs. A.B.

October 21, 1982

Interview 12a : In an interview with Becky Bailey, Mrs. A.B. Glass recalls growing up as the daughter of a team foreman for Southern Pine Lumber Company in lumber camps (Camp #1 and Berring) and in Diboll. She also recalls how she and her husband survived the Depression by working their land and farming.

Goins, Ruby Smith

May 05, 2010

Interview 192a : In this interview with Patsy Colbert, former long-time Diboll Independent School District secretary and business manager Ruby Smith Goins reminisces about her more than 30 years employment with the district. The interview focuses on the integration of Diboll's schools and Mrs. Goins's experiences from the perspective of an administrative secretary. She particularly remembers the paperwork required by the Texas Education Administration throughout the integration process. She mentions Mr. Massey, Mr. Ramsey, and Mr. Pate as being instrumental in the process. Mrs. Goins also mentions Bettye Greer, Mr. Dunlap, Mr. Foster, and various school board members.

Gossett, Laymon

Gossett, Laymon

March 26, 1985

Interview 53a : In an interview with Marie Davis, longtime Temple employee and champion sawyer Laymon Gossett recalls life as a sawyer and logger throughout Deep East Texas. A native of Anderson County, Mr. Gossett began working with woods crews at an early age and quickly became an expert sawyer. He and his brother were champions, winning competitions throughout East Texas and into Louisiana. Mr. Gossett worked for many different companies and was known as a fast and accurate worker. He could cut trees quickly and could accurately estimate board feet. Mr. Gossett lived and Fastrill and moved with his family when that camp was closed.

Gossett, Laymon

Gossett, Laymon

February 01, 1988

Interview 53b : In this interview with Wendy Gossett, Laymon Gossett reminisces about his time as a logger and tree cutter for various East Texas lumber companies. He learned early how to handle and cut trees, and was known throughout the region as a knowledgeable and honest worker. Henry and Arthur Temple, Jr. depended on him to work in their crews. Mr. Gossett also won many logging contests and was eventually prevented from entering because he always won. Mrs. Gossett is also present in the interview.

Graham, Pauline

Graham, Pauline

November 30, 1986

Interview 112a : In this short interview with Gary Rector, Pauline Graham details some home remedies she remembers from her childhood. She remembers remedies for chicken pox, measles, constipation, colds, ringworm, and colic.

Grumbles, Lillian

November 01, 1987

Interview 125a : Lillian Grumbles moved to Cochino Creek in 1939. Most of her time was spent doing housework, garden work, yard work, getting kids to school, and cooking. She mentions creek flooding, playing Forty-Two with neighbors, and owning a car. Other people mentioned are: Bonnie Brown and Clifford Bringe.

Grum, Clifford

Grum, Clifford

July 29, 2013

Interview 260a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, Clifford Grum recounts his memories of working for the Temple companies from 1968-2000.  He started in 1968 helping Temple Industries go public and stayed with the company through its merger with Time, Inc. and the subsequent spin-off, and then through all of the changes through the 1980’s and 1990’s.  He speaks particularly of the financial side of the business, touching on land ownership concerns and taxes, Lumberman’s Investment Company, the mortgage business, and Temple’s foray into the insurance and Savings and Loan businesses.  He also talks about the paper business and how that fit in with the overall structure of Time, Inc. and Temple Inland.