FRED and MERTIE THOMAS
Frederick Charles Thomas was born Aug. 7, 1870 at Dyersville, Ia. He
was the son of John and Ann Fox Thomas. Mertie Albina Califf was
born July 14, 1881, on a farm southeast of Elliott in Pilot Grove
Twp. Her parents were George and Georgiana Califf. She lived her
entire life in Pilot Grove Twp. until they moved to Elliott. Fred
and Mertie were married April 4, 1899. They had six children, Ray,
Eva, John, Guy, Clara and Robert. Three children survive: John H. of
Iowa City, Robert G. of Coralville, and Clara M. Crisp of Brooks.
Both Fred and Mertie lived to
be 90 years old. They had 61 happy years together.