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Jessie Merrifield

In this interview, Merrifield describes the decline of small towns with the arrival of the interstate, the changes in small-town life, and his own military career.

Jessie Merrifield was born in Arkansas on July 9, 1933, but grew up in the small West Texas town of Ballinger. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953-61, and then returned to Texas for the rest of his life as a carpenter. He had a front-row seat to see the changes a global war and post-conflict economic boom had on the local level in smaller cities and towns like Ballinger.

Jessie Merrifield passed away in 2022. 

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