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At the height of the Great Depression – June 23, 1933 – what was life like in Mansfield? Of course, most of the front page of the Mansfield Enterprise dealt with cotton acreage cut for the farmers and a few other discouraging things but there was a big front page article announcing 200 young people registering for the Epworth League held at the Mansfield Female College. The Epworth League was for young people 16 to 23 years of age. The program for the meeting at the three story building next to and adjoining the College Administration building was “Thy Kingdom Come”. This was one of the largest attendances for a League meeting.

On the lighter side of the Depression years was the intense interest in Mansfield of the Summer Baseball games between the merchant’s baseball teams. The game between Townsend Grocery & West Bros. Department Store was the thriller of the week with one team leading then the other team taking the lead. The game ended at seven o’clock (no lighted fields at that time) with West Bros. winning 6 to 3. The leading batters for the Townsend Team were Leslie Cowley and Bob Lowery. Some might remember that Leslie went into the banking business in Shreveport and Bob Lowery put in a Chevrolet Agency in Mansfield. The big batters for Townsend were Barney Goss and Mr. Smith Goss went on to own a Hardware Store just east of the railroad on Polk St. and Smith was a supervisor for W.C. Nabors.









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