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Temple, Arthur Jr.

Temple, Arthur Jr.

Temple, Arthur Jr.

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 1988

Interview 56c : Arthur Temple Jr. addresses a meeting of the Diboll Historical Society and discusses a variety of subjects, some old and some new. As in most of his interviews, he gives biographical detail of his family and their relationship to the forest product business and the East Texas community. He discusses with the membership the recent Cornbread Whistle oral history project, including successes and his desire to continue recording memories of the past. He provides insight into the process of transitioning the company town of Diboll into a modern city with elected officials and home ownership, and also the process of modernizing and diversifying the industrial physical plant and its products. Personalities discussed include Dred Devereaux, Eddie Farley, Wilbur Fogg, Clyde Thompson, E.C. Durham and the Durham family, and Joe Denman. Also included is some insight into timber buying by the Company and selling of timberland to the federal government during the Great Depression.