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Mrs. Thomas Dies
Member Of Prominent Early-Day Family Succumbs To Heart Attack

Mrs. F. W. Thomas, a native Morris countian and a member of a prominent early-day family of the Dunlap community, succumbed to a heart attack at the Morris County hospital at 7:20 o'clock this morning. She was 71 years old.

She had suffered an attack at her home here Wednesday afternoon but was considerably improved last night. Her condition still was encouraging at 7 o'clock this morning, but another attack a few minutes later claimed her life.

A well-known resident of the Dunlap and Council Grove communities most of her life, Mrs. Thomas was born December 25, 1877, near Dunlap on a place homesteaded shortly after the civil war by her parents, the late Thomas and Emma Barber.

She attended school both at Valley View in this county and at Emporia and was married to Fred W. Thomas of Chanute August 15, 1900.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas lived for a short time at Cherryvale and then were engaged for a number of years in the grocery business in Council Grove in the location that is now occupied by the Morris County Savings & Loan association.

After leaving the grocery business, they moved to the Barber homestead near Dunlap, and Mr. Thomas farmed there until his death July 7, 1937. Mrs. Thomas remained there until June 1941, when she purchased a home at 628 Hockaday and moved to it.

She has been active in the Congregational church here and was a member of the local chapter of Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter, Preston B. Thomas of Council Grove, Fred W. Thomas, Jr., of Dunlap and Mrs. Rosina Waldorf of Mankato, Minn., and by seven grandchildren. Mrs. Waldorf and her husband Paul Waldorf, and their two children are expected to arrive Saturday evening.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Congregational church. Burial will be in the Toledo cemetery south of Dunlap.
Transcribed and Contributed by Kenneth Thomas

Last Updated:  Sunday, November 06, 2005 23:37:37

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