Some of Ben F. Wyly's family still live in Graham, I have a hunch they
may have worked in the Newcastle mine outside Graham, run by Thurber TP
Coal and Oil or the Johnson Ranch. My aunt Mary Ella Wyly of Selden,
Erath County, attended Tarleton and St. Joseph Nursing school in Fort
Worth with her cousin Dadidella Wyly of Graham . I drove Kemp Bus line
Stephenville to Mineral Wells to Graham one summer. Always had some oil
field supplies and passengers. The Senior Mr. Kemp ran the Stephenville
Bus Station, one son ran the Mineral Wells Depot and other
businesses,another ran the Graham Station. The Fort Worth route was no
longer running for Kemp by then. Mingus founders were from Bosque
Countym, but books have been written about Mingus being wet for liquor
when Erath County was dry, and miners were welcome there in Palo Pinto
County. That is another book or two, esp. for Tarleton Students had cars
and roads to get there.
Cage and Crow Bank in Stephenville had an Italian Opera hall upstairs on
Stephenville Square. Many Thurber workers had Italian connections,
brought there by TP Coal and Oil.
On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 20:50:40 -0600 "Dortha Greenlee"
I heard of a number of people in Breckenridge and Stephens Co., that
worked in the mines at Thurber. My dad worked there several times
duration. I've heard stories of when they were living in Thurber,
Gordon, and Mingus. My parents were in their forties by the time I
along in Breckenridge.
When my dad's last illness started, our doctor wanted to know if he
worked in the coal mines. He told him he had. It had showed up on
of his lungs.
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