Thomas Stout                         GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

Elk Falls Reflector, Friday, Nov. 17, 1911, Pg. 1:

Vol. I, No. 23




  Thomas Stout was born in Henry Co., Indiana, October 27, 1832.  The family of which he was a member moved to Hamilton Co., Indiana when he was five years of age, there grew to manhood.

  He was united in marriage with Miss Maria Phenis.  To this union were born nine children but one of these remains Mrs. Emma Fry of Mt. Moriah, Mo., who with her widowed mother mourn the loss of a faithful father and husband.  The family came to Elk Falls in 1870 remaining here until 1895.  Then spent a year at Fitzgerald, Georgia where Eugene died.  Then they removed to the old home in Indiana returning to Elk Falls four or five years ago.

  Mr. Stout was of Quaker parentage and became a member of that church in his youth.  Later after his marriage he united with the M. E. church.  Of late years his name was not on any church rolls, but he still endeavored to live the life of a Christian and was respected by all who knew him.

  By trade he was a carpenter until he became too feeble to do very much work of that kind.  He obeyed the call of his country in its time of peril enlisting in Co. G, 147 Reg. Ind. Vol. Infantry and served to the close of the war.

  He was for many years and until his death a member of the Grand Army of the Republic but a few weeks ago he followed to its last resting place the mortal remains of his comrade John Bachli and was the officer who laid one of the tributes upon the casket of the dead.

  He became a Mason in 1857 and was a charter member and advanced step by step in Westfield Lodge, Westfield, Ind., until he became its master.  He was charter member and the first senior warden of Meridian Lodge No. 120 A. F. and A. M. in Elk Falls, Kansas when the lodge was instituted in 1871 and was deeply interested in its work until called from earth.

  On Saturday evening he seemed in about his usual health but in the night while walking across the floor he fell dislocating one of his hip joints and fracturing a bone.  The shock was more than he could bear in his enfeebled condition.  He quietly passed away Thursday morning.

  The funeral took place in the M. E. church Wednesday 2 p. m. conducted by the pastor Rev. John A. Pratt with an address by N. Hill.  Music by M. E. choir.  The Masonic Lodge accompanied the funeral procession to the cemetery and at the grave observed the ritual of the order.  A few of the G. A. R. Post headed the procession not many being able to march.



  We wish to express our thanks for the sympathy and assistance tendered us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.

                                                                                    MRS. THOS. STOUT.

                                                                                    MRS. T. D. FRY.