Places I have lived before and after marriage without family
Barentine, Andy A.
This item is part of a collection of photographs and documents of oil exploration in Texas and Louisiana, 1930s-1950s, taken by Shell Oil employee Andy A. Barentine.Barentine worked for the Shell Oil Co. for approximately 35 years, retiring as a permit agent in Austin, TX, in 1969. During the 33 years between marriage and retirement, he and his family moved approximately seventy times for his work, living in ten states. Their son, Andy Jr., attended twenty-three schools before graduating high school in Lockhart, TX. The family sometimes moved back to a location they had previously lived in, staying in a few places for as little as a month, averaging six months per move. They moved using one company car, one personal car, and one hand-built two-wheel trailer, seeking out furnished lodgings for the family. Competition for such lodging was strong, as often at least a dozen men and their families moved at once to small town with few vacant dwellings. Living conditions were often difficult; as a young couple the Barentines made do with only a hot plate and an icebox, and used wet towels to block windows and doors during West Texas dust storms.