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THE WILMORE NEWS, 19 July 1917
Obituary of THOMAS WILMORE
Thomas Wilmore Dead.

Saturday night, July 7, Thomas Wilmore passed away at his residence in this city, following an illness of several weeks, caused by harding of the arteries and infirmities which come with old age.

Funeral services, in charge of the Masons, were held from the Wilmore home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, following the arrival of Ray Wilmore from Fort Russel, Wyo. Rev. Adams preached a very fine sermon and a choir composed of members of the Eastern Star lodge, Mrs. Adam Weiss, Mrs. Webster, Mrs. Evans and Miss Dorothy Stone sang several hymns.

Following the services the funeral cortege formed, and the remains under escort of a very large number of Masonic brethren, were taking to the Del Norte cemetery and laid to rest with Masonic rites.

Thomas Wilmore was born in Toronto, Canada September 17, 1843, of Scotch and Irish parentage. Before reaching his majority he left his Canadian home and arriving at New York City in April. 1863, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, serving for two and one half years, all of this time on the battleship Niagra. He is assisted in the capture and return to England of the Confederate Cruiser and blockade runner, Georgia, in August, 1863.

After the close of the Civil War he was honorably discharged from the Navy, and went to Texas where he settled near San Antonio, and engaged in the cattle business. He took part in many drives of Texas Long Horns thru the Indian Territory and Texas panhandle to the railroads in Kansas and Nebraska, and his exciting and interesting experiences on the Indian infested plains of the west during those early years would make very interesting reading.

He settled in Kansas in the year 1876, and from this date until 1911, with the exception of tour years spent in Arizona, he was engaged in the livestock and ranch business in western Kansas where he had a prominent part in the development of that new country.

The town of Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas, was named after Mr. Wilmore, and it was here that he lived for 25 to 30 years. Considerable part of this time he was postmaster of his hometown.

Mr. Wilmore was married July 2nd, 1888, at Wilmore, Kansas, to Mattie A. Wright who survives him. From this union two children wee born, both sons, Arthur T., of the Wilmore Hardware Co., and Ray W. now in the U. S. Army service stationed at Fort D. A. Russel, near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Besides his wife and sons he leaves three grandchildren.

He came to Colorado in November, 1911, and settled at Del Norte, where he purchased a ranch on Pinos Creek and engaged in the cattle business, in the year 1914 he traded his ranch for the W. W. Wilson hardware stock, which he turned over to his sons, purchased a residence in town and retired from active business to enjoy a well earned rest.

During the years that the deceased resided in the Del Norte section he made many friends and acquaintances.

By his very acts he proved that he was a man in the true sense of the word. He was a good citizen, a good neighbor, a kind and loving father and husband. Three score years and more were his in this world. These he had lived actively and well, and goes to the world beyond to take the reward for those who live the honorable and upright life.

Members of the family here have the sympathy of the entire community in their dark hour of sorrow and bereavement. -- Del Norte News.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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