By Marilyn D. Rhinehart
The coal mine represented even more than a fashion of constructing a residing to the miners of Thurber, Texas, within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries-it represented a lifestyle. Coal mining ruled Thurber's paintings existence, and miners ruled its social lifestyles. the big immigrant inhabitants that stuffed the mines in Thurber represented greater than a dozen countries, which lent a specialty 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 relevant 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 via 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 an organization city.
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By allowing the payroll default to occur before the new company assumed control, Spoede theorized, Hunter could legitimately declare the previous company's commitments null and void, devise new ones, and deny any responsibility to the striking miners, who technically had never worked for him. 16 There is some evidence to support that theory. Time and time again, Hunter based his refusal to cooperate with the striking miners on the argument that they had never been in his employ and therefore that no strike existed against the Texas & Pacific Coal Company.
The stunted post oak and black jack that fringed the red colored ridges were the only evidences it gave of even scant fertility. He would have been a bold dreamer who . . would have dared to predict that in the heart of such a scene would arise the most important and most successful industrial enterprise now in operation in Texas. E. G. Senter In 1888, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) first reported the potential for commercial production of bituminous coal in the carboniferous coal beds running through the isolated and desolate western fringe of North Central Texas.
Stanley E. Siegel, Bailey S. Stone, and Joseph Pratt at the University of Houston agreed to read the manuscript and, in conjunction with Professor King, made numerous valuable suggestions. Ron Brown at Southwest Texas State University and George N. Green at the University of Texas at Arlington likewise evaluated the manuscript and offered advice that made the work publishable. The interlibrary loan staffs at the University of Houston and North Harris College facilitated research in material to which I otherwise would not have had easy or any access.
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