OH 0069

President of Harpool’s Seed, Inc. and Harpool Fertilizer Company, Denton, Texas. Family background; farming in Hebron, Texas; move to Denton, 1928; father’s activities as cotton, grain, and wool buyer; employment at North Texas State Teachers College book bindery; purchase of cotton, wool, and seed business, 1942; education in Hebron and Denton; experiences at North Texas State Teachers College; experiences during Depression in Denton; comments on raising livestock in Denton; operation of Pedigreed Grain Association business; comments on financing of business; discussion of milo development; creation of Harpool’s Seed House, 1948; development of wholesale seed distribution business, 1958; construction of fertilizer bulk blend plant; advent of DDT and herbicides; development of wholesale farm and garden products business, 1962; expansion of wholesale business in Texas and Oklahoma; discussion of personnel practices; use of advertising; comments on government regulations; description of typical working day; factors involved in building a successful family business; comments on trade association and civic activities.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 172 pp. plus documents (11 pp.)
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) Floyd Jenkins
Date of Interview March 1, 1982

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