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By Marilyn D. Rhinehart
The coal mine represented even more than a manner of constructing a residing to the miners of Thurber, Texas, within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries-it represented a life-style. Coal mining ruled Thurber's paintings existence, and miners ruled its social existence. the massive immigrant inhabitants that crammed the mines in Thurber represented greater than a dozen international locations, which lent a area of expertise to this Texas city. In 1888 Robert D. Hunter and the Texas & Pacific Coal corporation based Thurber at the website of Johnson Mines, a small coal-mining village at the western fringe of North primary Texas the place Palo Pinto, Erath, and Eastland counties converged. for nearly 40 years the corporate mined coal and owned and operated a city that through 1910 served as domestic to greater than 3 thousand citizens. Marilyn Rhinehart examines the tradition of the miners' paintings, the demographics and social lifetime of the neighborhood, and the advantages and constraints of lifestyles in a firm city.
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Calvert and Larry D. Hill, General Editors Page iii A Way of Work and a Way of Life Coal Mining in Thurber, Texas, 18881926 Marilyn D. Rhinehart Page iv Copyright © 1992 by Marilyn D. 48-1984. Binding materials have been chosen for durability. , 1948 A way of work and a way of life : coal mining in Thurber, Texas, 18881926 / Marilyn D. Rhinehart. 1st ed. cm. 9) Includes bibliographical references and index. Coal miners Texas Thurber History. Series. Dubberly and the late Rebekah Lane Dubberly, who taught me that honest work is honorable work.
1 In the process, the company also spawned the community of Thurber, which in terms of population, economic significance, and ethnic diversity rivaled coal-mining centers in other parts of the country by the early twentieth century. As exaggerated as the article's evaluation of Thurber's importance Page 4 to the industrialization process in Texas appeared, the author made a valid point. Coal mining literally fueled America's industrial trans-formation. In Texas as elsewhere coal production did represent potential, because it made other industrial growth possible.
It is more likely, however, that Hunter simply seized the advantage when the Johnson employees left the mines. A letter to Hunter from a Johnson associate apprised the Colonel on October 1, 1888, that the miners ''came out'' and that he regarded it "best not to start the mine again" on the same basis. A "more opportune time," he counseled, "to make . . "17 Whatever machinations characterized the transfer of Johnson's properties to the Texas & Pacific Coal Company, the Johnson enterprise, like others in the area before it, seemed doomed to failure without substantial outside financial assistance.
A Way of Work and a Way of Life: Coal Mining in Thurber, Texas, 1888-1926 (Texas A&M Southwestern Studies) by Marilyn D. Rhinehart