Roebuck, Vernice

Date: March 20, 2023
Roebuck, Vernice

Interview 292a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland and Richard Donovan, former Lufkin Industries employees, Vernice and Onetta Roebuck reminisce about their careers and their lives growing up in East Texas. Beginning with his early life in San Augustine and Zavalla, Vernice Roebuck recalls his life raising cattle and sharecropping near present-day Sam Rayburn Reservoir and his later career at Lufkin Industries. Beginning with her early life in Huntington, Onetta Roebuck recalls picking cotton and working for both Atkinson Candy Company and Lufkin Industries. The couple also discusses Zavalla High School basketball in the 1950s and the construction of Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

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