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The History of Thurber in 12 Photographs: Playtime in Thurber

by: Mary Adams

Thurber, Texas, a company owned coal mining and brick making town, provided jobs for workers from all over the world. We spend a lot of time talking about the town, the Company, and the people who moved to Thurber because without these three entities there would be no history to discuss. Thurber was more than this; it was also a family town. With workers came families and children. The Company provided schools for these children but we all know there is more to life than work and school, we all need some playtime. The adults of Thurber had their playtime in a variety of areas including the saloons, fraternal groups, baseball and heated games of bocci ball, but what about the kids? Children and games go hand in hand. The opportunity to play allows children to develop skills needed as adults, such as cooperation, communication, and problem-solving skills. So what did Thurber children do for fun?

Baseball was a very important pastime for adults and kids alike. Thurber had m…

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