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June 4th, 2010
Commission’s ninth oral history features descendant of Pleasant Wimberley

UPDATED 06/07/10: The screening scheduled for June 12 has been canceled because Cochran is in the hospital and unable to attend the event.



William Burrel Cochran was born in 1930 near Kyle in the little community of Goforth. During his interview, Cochran tells how his great-grandfather, Pleasant Wimberley, purchased several mills in 1874 and settled in the town that would later bear his name.

Cochran also reminisces about his parents and his grandmother Wimberley, who lived with his family for a while. He reflects on everyday life in early Martindale and San Marcos during the Depression and World War II years, when all four of his older brothers were serving in the military.

The youngest child in the family, Burrel Cochran is a Korean War veteran who has lived in Dripping Springs for the past 20 years. He has interests in arrowhead collecting and country music, which he also discusses in the interview.

A free video screening of Cochran’s documentary will be presented at 4 p.m. June 12 at the Hill Country Senior Citizens Activity Center. The Senior Center is located at 1310 Highway 290, west of Dripping Springs.

The Cochran video documentary is the ninth in the “Voices of Hays County” series. The interview with Cochran was conducted by Bonnie Eissler, with Richard Kidd filming and editing.

DVDs of all of the “Voices” videos produced to date are available on the historical commission’s website here.

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