Interview 205a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, pharmacist and former Diboll School Board member Richard Albrecht discusses his tenure on the school board and the major issues of his day. The interview concentrates on the desegregation and integration of Diboll's schools and Mr. Albrecht discusses his reasons for running for school board, his interactions with the other board members and school administrators, as well as community members during the integration process.
Interview 001a: In this 1976 interview with Marge Shepherd, Ben Anthony remembers life as a real estate agent in Beverly Hills, California and his interactions with movie stars Jack Benny, Will Rogers, and Barbara Stanwyck. He also mentions his accomplishments as a shooter.
Interview 289a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, conducted by telephone, Diboll native Charles W. Armstead recounts his childhood and adolescence in Diboll and Lufkin. Mr. Armstead recalls segregation both in day-to-day life and schools in Angelina County. He also reflects on his relationship with Arthur Temple, Jr. and Mr. Temple’s influence in Mr. Armstead’s education and career. Mr. Armstead recalls his time working in Houston for Humble Oil and Gas Company and Temple Lumber Company. He briefly describes his work in advertising in New York. Of particular note is his recollection of his work for the Department of Defense regarding oil intelligence and his work selling oil to the government of South Africa in the 1980s. The interview concludes with his memories of his early life and the challenges he overcame.
Interview 38a : In this lengthy interview with Megan Lamber and An Sweeny, Inez Thompson Asher reminisces about living in Fastrill as a child. She remembers the houses, the people who lived there, the boarding house, the school, swimming in the Neches, and shopping in the commissary. Mrs. Thompson compares her years in Fastrill, Diboll, and Houston and recalls the Great Depression in Fastrill. She had a happy childhood and remembers Fastrill with fondness.
Interview 41a : Life-long Angelina County native and long-time Southern Pine Lumber Company employee Wesley Ashworth recalls how life in Diboll changed from 1922 to 1984. He remembers the Great Depression, the burning of the box factory, the changes Arthur Temple, Jr. made to Diboll when he came to town in 1948, and how Diboll has evolved from small sawmill town with dirt roads to a real city. For the most part, he approves of the changes to his home town and looks back with great happiness when recalling his over 48 years of service to Southern Pine Lumber Company.