AUSTIN - May 7, 2008 — The nation may be on the verge of a recession, but the Texas economy is doing well enough for Comptroller Susan Combs to predict Tuesday that the Legislature will have a $10.7 billion surplus when it convenes in January. Gov. Perry raises prospect of tax rebates for Texas residents
My grandfather Joe
Phillips on the Farmall Tractor that the one Mexican farm hand used to
plow the fields. I was told that the fellow tied the tractor to a pole
and then the wheel and let the tractor wind itself around the pole. He
knew exactly when to return to the tractor before it ran into the pole.
My grandfather Joe
Phillips, Mr. T.A. Knight and son Marvin whose family had lived on the
360 half-section of land near Plainview, Texas for over 30 years. My
grandfather bought the farm after his father died in 1914. Barbara Carr
of Tazewell had owned it since the late 1800's. My father, Al Payne
bought half the farm sometime about 1948.
Grandfather Joe Phillips
retired from the U.S. Treasury Department in 1949 and moved primarily
to Brownsville, Texas. He traveled between there, Plainview and
Tennessee many times during the next 10 years of his life.
Looking from the back of
the farm towards the South East from feed lot in back of the farm house.
T.A. Knights son Marvin
and his dog looking east from back of house.
Records, 1912-1950 - 1 microfilm reel (15 ft.): negative
Contains financial and legal materials, conference reports, a church register, and scrapbook material. The church was organized in 1911 by Reverend T.A. Knight in the O'Donnell schoolhouse with twenty-eight members.
During the years 1955
and 1956 the farm produced the largest water well in the panhandle of
Texas. My father and grandfather sold the property in 1956. Texaco
bought 7/8th of the mineral rights and the family held on to 1/8th.
Before the water was found there was a large gas pocket found on the
farm which my father said was capped with a large disc from a tractor
plow. Gas was not near as important at that time.
More irrigation ditches.
A look at the field
before water was pumped into it. You can see the plum from the pumping
station in the background.
My grandfather's 1955
Belair Chevy which he probably put over 200,000 miles on.
The Mexican farmhand
that worked the farm for Mr. T.A. Knight and my grandfather. He is
starting a 2 inch tube in furrow.
Mr. T.A. Knight also
placing a tube in the main feed ditch.
The selling of the farm
after two of the best years of cotton it produced was a blessing for
all involved. It would have been much more rewarding to all my
grandfathers grandchildren had it not gotten involved in Scott County,
Tennessee courts after his death in 1959.