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By Marilyn D. Rhinehart

ISBN-10: 058517508X

ISBN-13: 9780585175089

ISBN-10: 0890964998

ISBN-13: 9780890964996

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 life-style. Coal mining ruled Thurber's paintings existence, and miners ruled its social lifestyles. the massive immigrant inhabitants that stuffed the mines in Thurber represented greater than a dozen countries, which lent a strong point 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 principal 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 by way of 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 group, and the advantages and constraints of lifestyles in a firm city.

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Page 17 Table 4 Household and Family Structure of Coal Miners, Thurber, Texas, 1900Type of Household% of Coal Miner HouseholdsNuclear2 parents41Nuclear1 parent2Extended2 parents5Extended1 parent1Augmented2 parents28Augmented1 parent3Mixed adult group, including married couples with no children20NOTES: A nuclear family is defined as parent(s) and child(ren); an extended household as parent(s), child(ren), and other relatives; an augmented household as parent(s), child(ren), and nonrelatives (Walkowitz, Worker City, Company Town, p.

Boom to Bust in Unionized Thurber 92 Conclusion 113 Notes 120 Bibliography 145 Index 160 Page ix Illustrations Gomer Gower, circa 190811 page 9 Miner in room at mine #8, 1906 36 Thurber miners 36 In the pit 37 Hoisting engineer 37 Mine #1 38 Unloading at the tipple 38 Group of miners at mine #9 39 "Black Diamond" train at mine #12 39 Looking into town 67 Italian family with boarders, 1907 67 General store 68 Horseshoe bar in Snake Saloon 68 UMWA Band 69 Thurber baseball team 69 Fourth of July celebration, early 1900s 70 Coal mine #11 70 Page xi Tables 1.

They often looked pale because of so little exposure to the sun. They walked with a stooped back caused by years of working under low mine roofs, and streaks of coal dust had invaded their skin through scratches and cuts. Low coal mining added other occupational marks. Narrow seams like those in the Thurber Field demanded that the miners conduct virtually all their work on their sides or on their knees. "Second knees," large calluses caused by constant pressure on the kneecaps, and strained necks from lying on the side and stretching to undercut, shoot, and pull down the coal further distinguished the low-coal miner from other workers.

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