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Edward H. Thomas 1841-1922

THOMAS

Posted By: Debbie Truitt (email)
Date: 3/7/2017 at 08:52:45

Obituary From “Ottumwa Courier,” Friday, March 31, 1922:

THOMAS BODY ARRIVES HERE

FUNERAL OF FORMER OTTUMWAN WILL BE HELD AT 3 O’CLOCK TOMORROW

The body of E.H. Thomas, former Ottumwan, who died yesterday in Wapello, arrived this afternoon. It was accompanied by Daniel McKay and Joiner Davison of Wapello.

His funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon in Daggett’s chapel. Rev. A.H. Barker, pastor of the Willard Street Methodist church, will be in charge and burial will take place in Shaul cemetery. The members of the G.A.R. and D.O.V. Tent No. 4 will assemble at Daggett’s for the services. Employes of the postoffice will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Thomas, who was born in Louisa county at a shipping point near Bard, then known as Pittsburg, September 14, 1841, died yesterday morning shortly before 4 o’clock in Wapello. He lived there with friends in a small home, recently completed, which was situated on the banks of the Iowa river, along which stream he served as pilot fifty years ago. Mr. Thomas’ death was sudden, as he had been around the house the day before. He passed away during his sleep, after what had seemed to be only a slight stroke of paralysis, which came early Wednesday evening.

Mr. Thomas lived in Louisa county until the outbreak of the civil war when he enlisted and served until the close of the war in Company F, 19th Iowa. He learned the printer’s trade in Wapello, and after his pilot days on the Des Moines, Iowa, Cedar and Mississippi rivers were over, published weekly newspapers in Ottumwa, Burlington and Dallas City.

Funeral Notice From “Ottumwa Courier,” Saturday, April 1, 1922:

E.H. THOMAS LAID TO REST HERE TODAY

With burial in Shaul cemetery the funeral of E.H. Thomas, well-known former Ottumwan, was held this afternoon. Services were held at 3 o’clock at the Daggett chapel, in charge of Rev. A.H. Barker, pastor of the Willard Street Methodist church. Employes of the Ottumwa postoffice, with which Mr. Thomas was connected for many years, were among the pallbearers, who were Thomas Keefe, John C. Slaughter, Thomas R. Bickley, Martin Schwarzenbach, C.E. Harrington and Fred Lang.

Mr. Thomas died early Thursday morning in Wapello, where he had recently made his home. He in his early days was a river pilot, served during the civil war, was the printer and publisher of weekly newspapers before serving as clerk in charge of the South Ottumwa postoffice.

The members of the G.A.R. and of D.O.V. tent No. 4 assembled for the funeral.

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