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TROUSDALE, Thomas G. 1848-1929


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/28/2015 at 21:33:47

Death Calls Pioneer Grundy Citizen

Thos. G. Trousdale Passes Away Following Operation At Des Moines Hospital

Came to Grundy County in An Early Day and Was Among Oldest Residents

Thomas G. Trousdale, for many years a resident of Grundy county, passed away at the Methodist hospital at Des Moines early Sunday morning, January 27th, 1929, following an operation for hernia which had caused obstruction of the bowels. He was aged 80 years, 6 months and 11 days.

Thomas George Trousdale was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 16th day of July, 1848.

He was the son of Robert Trousdale who was born at Wykehame, Eng., and Mary Trousdale, nee Wregett, who was born near Scarborough, Eng. In 1845 they left England and located at Cincinnati, Ohio, on a small truck farm in the outskirts of the city.

Thomas attended the public schools of Cincinnati. At the age of 16, being too young to shoulder a gun during the Civil war, he carried the army mail from Cincinnati to the camps. Later he graduated from a business college, after which he entered his uncle's wholesale grocery house, acting as bookkeeper.

At the age of 21 years he moved to Lafayette county, Wis., where his father had purchased a farm, and started farming. In 1877, in company with his brother, William J., he came to Grundy county, Iowa, where they purchased a farm in Melrose township. Shortly afterwards, however, he purchased the interests of his brother, who decided to move farther west, and this formed the nucleus of the real estate holdings that he later acquired. He resided on the farm in Melrose township for eight years, devoting most of his time to the raising of live stock rather than grain farming.

In 1878, he was united in marriage to Mary Adelaide Herron, a native of Wisconsin. Three children were born to this union, Robert Edwin, Elmer Herron, both of Mott, North Dakota, and Vera Elsie Mueller, of Luverne, Minn., all of whom survive. He is also survived by his widow, one sister at Darlington, Wis., and four grandchildren.

In 1895 he united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Grundy Center. Since 1885 he made his home continuously in Grundy Center.

Mr. Trousdale was an indulgent husband and father, a good neighbor and a kind friend. He was a hard working man and believed in saving rather than spending the fruits of his labor for unnecessary things, with the result that he accumulated a large amount of this world's good. He was regarded as one of the most well-to-do residents of the county. He was a liberal-hearted man, and many who knew him can testify to his generosity and square-dealing with his fellow men.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 31 January 1929, pg 1


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