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The History of Thurber in 12 Objects: Education in a Company Town

by Cameron Mitchell


The end of school is here and graduation ceremonies are just around the corner. As we reflect on having another successful school year, we are thankful for the opportunity to continually grow our knowledge of the world around us.
May’s object of the month is a Thurber High School diploma from the graduating class of 1929. Dated 91 years ago, its delicate, faded brown cover stands as a token of academic achievement. This 1929 Thurber High School Diploma, along with other academic material in the Smith collection, belonged to Mrs. Geraldine Asmus.

Mrs. Asmus was born as Geraldine Clare Forrest in Texas on October 10, 1912. She was the daughter of Thurber School Superintendent Mr. Lyman E. Forrest. In fact, her father signed Geraldine's diploma in his role as superintendent. She attended public schools in both Ranger and Thurber during her childhood. Other items in this collection include Mrs. Asumus’ elementary report cards, commencement programs, and multiple ye…

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