Clyde Owen, Oral History
This is a video recording of an oral history interview with Clyde Owen. It was conducted August 7, 2019. The interviewer is Marcia Lair. The videographer is Sandy Bond.
This interview focuses on Clyde Owen's memories of growing up in Delta County, Texas.
Clyde was born in 1924 to John Hardin and Mamie Blake Owen. Owen's father was a disabled cotton farmer who used a wiggle tail riding cultivator to farm the land. He grew up in the Antioch Community of Delta County. He attended school in Antioch, Liberty Grove and Klondike. He discusses school athletics, visiting the Grand Saline Salt Mines, and the Klondike school explosion. Owen saw many changes in his lifetime, especially with regards to transportation, county roads, and electricity.
Owen served in the Army for forty-three years. He entered the 75th Regiment during the final years of WWII and served in the South Pacific. Owen was nearby when journalist Ernie Pyle was shot, and Owen attended the funeral.
Special Collections and University Archives
Owen, Clyde and Lair, Marcia, "Clyde Owen, Oral History" (2019-08-07). All Oral Histories. 11.
Cotton growing; Delta County (Tex.); Liberty Grove (Tex.); Klondike (Tex.); Grand Saline (Tex.); Antioch (Tex.); Salt mines and mining; United States. Army; World War, 1939-1945; Pyle, Ernie, 1900-1945; Oral histories;
World War II; wiggle tail cultivators; Delta County Oral History Project