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A woman sits next to the fireplace in her home near Marshall, Texas in 1939. When I see these photos of people in tough times, be they dust bowl refugees or four-year-old girls picking cotton or this woman in a home lined with newspapers for insulation, I marvel at how tough folks were back then and wonder if I could make it. Goodness.
 
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A black woman sits next to her fireplace at home in Marshall, Texas 1939 Russell Lee.jpg

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An auspicious historical moment: the arrival of natural gas to Marshall, Texas from the Caddo field in May,1909. It must have seemed rather a miracle. "You mean I can just turn this thing on and it will heat up the soup?"

 

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