Thomas, Jay died 1954
THOMAS, KUBITZ, KUBSCH, TAPPER
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 3/5/2017 at 14:43:32
Randolph, Minn. - An itinerant railroad worker identified as Jay Thomas, in his 50s, was found dead beside the railroad tracks near here early today*.
Dakota County Corner Joseph Klecatsky said Thomas died from a fractured skull and that both his legs were broken, apparently in a fall from a moving freight train. A fellow worker reported seeing Thomas board the train.
Papers found in his pockets asked that Mrs. May* Kubitz, Monona, Iowa, be notified if anything happened to him.
~Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Monday, July 26, 1954 (Fergus Falls, Minn.)
*Obit (below) states he died on the previous Friday, which would have been July 23. DOD should be confirmed by interested researchers.
*Mae (Tapper) Thomas, Kubitz
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Monona, Ia. - Services for Jay Thomas, 51, who was fatally injured Friday when he fell out of a railroad box car near Randolph, Minn. will be at 2 p.m. (CST) Tuesday in the Shultz Funeral Home. The Rev. E. Wayne Hilmer will officiate. Burial will be in Monona cemetery.
Mr. Thomas received a broken leg and back in the fall, according to a coroner's ruling. His body was found beside the tracks.
Mr. Thomas was a merchant marine and had been working in the harvest fields.
Survivors are his mother, Mrs. May Kubsch (sic - Mae Kubitz) of Monona and a brother in Idaho.
~Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Monday, July 26, 1954
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Mr. and Mrs. Rex Thomas of Pocatello, Idaho are visiting in the Mrs. Mae Kubitz home. They came to attend the funeral of the former's brother, Jay Thomas.
~Clayton County Register, Thursday, August 5, 1954 (Monona column)
Clayton Obituaries maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
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