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THE CORSICANA' SEMI-WEEKLY. LIGHT, PLAN FOUR NEW FARM MIGRATORY CAMPS IN TEXAS FORJEXT YEAR MILLIONS BE NEEDED FOR WORK HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TOLD Completed Course WASHINGTON, May 15.—(/P)— Tentative plans of the farm security administration to build four new migratory farm labor camps In Texas were disclosed today In the record of committee hearings made public on Introduction of the relief appropriation bill for the IDJl fiscal year. Explaining to a house appropriations subcommittee the need for $5,000,000 to carry on the migratory labor camp program In the year beginning July 1, Dr. Will W. Alexander, FSA administrator, outlined a construction project calling for now camps in Texas and seven other states. Ho said It was Impossible to state now exactly where the camps should be built, that sites would be picked later on the basis of need and the availability of acreage. The Texas camps would be of "standard" or stationary design, as compared with some designated as "mobile" and shuttled about during crop seasons to different com munlties. The four proposed camps for Texas would accommodate a total of 1,000 family units. Discussing the need for «uch camps throughout the nation, Dr Alexander said 85 per cent of the migratory farm laborers today were of native-white American stock, as compared with a high percentage of Mexican, Filipino, Japanese and Chinese workers a generation ago. Among other causes for erstwhile settled native American farmers now being on the move, he added was the tractor. As an example, he said, there were only 9,000 tractors in Texas in 1920 as compared with 99,000 In 1937. He said It was estimated that Second Lieutenant Ernest L. Kirkland (above) of Battery D, 132nd Field Artillery, Texas National Guard, of Corsicana hai returned home after successfully completing the sneclal course in the Artillery school at Fort Sill, Okla., for national guard and reserve officers. The Corsicanan finished well up in his class. Only a limited number from each regiment are selected for the intensive study and training. every tractor took the place iof one to five tenant families Drought and soil erosion helped account for the change, he added, pointing out that most of the roving agricultural workers came from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri Montana and thfe Dakotas. Migratory farm labor camps already constructed or to be completed in Texas by June 30 (not including the four proposed for next fiscal year) are located at Crystal City, Harlingcn, McAllen, Princeton, Raymondvillo, Robstown, Sinton and Weslaco. They provide at one time shelter for a total of 1,889 family'units, and were built at a tatol cost of SI,983,510.

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  1. Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light,
  2. 17 May 1940, Fri,
  3. Page 12

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