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Re: Thomas, New Mexico
Posted by: Herman Weiland Date: May 17, 2000 at 18:35:19
In Reply to: Re: Thomas, New Mexico by Trish Pittman of 203

The book "History of Clayton and Union County, New Mexico by Goldianne Thompson on page 127 has that the Union County Fair held in 1914 had a large number of exhibitors among them from THOMAS was: Ferdinand Punke, J. A. Arnhart, Ed Jones, S. N. Thomas, Hugh Laster, Will Bentley.
I looked in "Not So Wild, The Old West" by Clara Harvey and "They were Open Range Days" by Albert W. Thompson, and "Union County and Its People" by Historical Society 1980. No mention made of Thomas. Probably there was no town there, only a school and surrounding community known as Thomas, possibly because your Thomas' were there first, I suggest you write the Union County Historical Society, 22 South 2nd St., Clayton, NM 88415. MAYBE they will have something in their files. Seems like I saw at one time a book entitled Place Names in New Mexico or something similar to that. I will look in our Gene Lib next time I go and see. If it was only named as a community surrounding a school I doubt we will find it. All of the outlying country schools were closed in the late 1930's and the children bused probably to Amistad, Sedan or Clayton from Thomas.


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