Audio clip: Thomas Sledge

Thomas Sledge came to Texas City in 1939 and found the local economy healthy.

Thomas Sledge: But the time I was here, from '39 until I went off to the University—that was 40, 41. So I saw Texas City grow up a little bit during that time. They were coming out of the recession. And we had more jobs and more wealth here in Texas City because of our industry than most other towns in the state.

We had chemical plants and we had the tin smelter. We had chemical—Monsanto—we had a lot of chemical and a lot of oil. And we had good jobs and good paying. Texas City was starting to come out of it.

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