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Strawn in Palo Pinto County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mary Jane Gentry

 
 
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By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
1. Mary Jane Gentry Marker
Inscription.  Born in Boston in 1912, Mary Jane Catherine Gentry became an accomplished educator, historian, author and world traveler. Her 1946 University of Texas Master’s thesis, written under supervision of Walter Prescott Webb, was entitled “Thurber: The Life and Death of a Texas Town.” Today, it is a classic in Texas cultural and social history, and still guides much of the continuing research and interpretation of that historic town. She also co-authored The Story of Texas, adopted as a seventh-grade history textbook and used by children throughout the state. Gentry taught in public schools at Thurber, Springer Gap, San Angelo, Austin and Odessa, and at Odessa College before passing away in Dallas in 1996.
 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13990.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation.
 
Location. 32° 32.455′ N, 98° 29.901′ W. Marker is in Strawn, Texas, in Palo Pinto County. Marker can be reached
Mary Jane Gentry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
2. Mary Jane Gentry Marker
from Grant Avenue (State Highway 16) 0.1 miles from Willow Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located in Mount Marion Cemetery; the above directions are to the Grant Avenue (SH 16) entrance to the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Strawn TX 76475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Marion Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Strawn City Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Strawn (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bethel Strawn, C.S.A. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Thomas House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Joseph Peter Davidson (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mingus Baptist Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Thurber Junction and the T&P Railroad Presence (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strawn.
 
Additional comments.
1. Mary Jane Catherine Gentry traveled to Wales
In 1948 Mary Jane Gentry traveled to Glamorgan in Wales, a country of the United Kingdom on the British Isles, on a teacher exchange organized by the National Educational Association. Miss Gentry exchanged places with Gwladys Cowles of the Bargoed Girls School.
    — Submitted June 16, 2020.
 
Mount Marion Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
3. Mount Marion Cemetery
Mount Marion Cemetery (right) and Mary Jane Gentry (left) markers are visible next to road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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