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Frederick Wharton Thomas, son of Lewis and Sarah Ann Thomas was born March 25, 1873 near Independence, Kans., and departed this life July 7, 1937.

When a small boy he moved with his parents to Chanute, Kansas, where he finished high school afterwards attending Baker university.

He entered the L. B. Keiffer dry goods store at Chanute, Kan., where he clerked until 1899 when he went to Cherryvale, Kansas as manager of the C. M. Condon Mercantile Co.

He was in business in Colony, Kansas, and Council Grove, Kansas coming to his present home in 1912.

He served Morris county as county commissioner for four years and as president of the Dunlap rural high school for 17 years.

Fred as he was known by all was raised in a Christian home uniting with the church at an early age and remained a true disciple to the end.

The Sunday morning was never too stormy to keep him from the house of worship always taking an active part as Sunday school superintendent or teaching a class. This work being his greatest joy.

August 15, 1900 he was married to Mable Clair Barber. To this union was born three children, Preston Barber, Frederick Wharton, Jr., and Rosina Clair, who with the wife, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, four grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Lura Edwards of Chanute, Kansas, Mrs. Anna Bernard of Dunlap, Kans., and a host of friends are left to mourn his going.

Master I've filled my contract
Wrought in thy many lands.
Not by my sins wilt thou judge me,
But by the work of my hands.
Master, I've done thy bidding
And the light is low in the west, 
And the long, long shift is over.
Master, I've earned it -- rest.
Transcribed and Contributed by Kenneth Thomas

Last Updated:  Sunday, November 06, 2005 23:31:49

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