Elk Falls Reflector, Friday, Nov. 17,
1911, Pg. 1:
Vol. I, No. 23
Thomas Stout was born in Henry
Co., Indiana, October 27, 1832. The family of which he was a member moved
to Hamilton Co., Indiana when he was five years of age, there grew to manhood.
He was united in marriage with
Miss Maria Phenis. To this union were born nine children but one of these
remains Mrs. Emma Fry of Mt. Moriah, Mo., who with her widowed mother mourn the
loss of a faithful father and husband. The family came to Elk Falls in
1870 remaining here until 1895. Then spent a year at Fitzgerald, Georgia
where Eugene died. Then they removed to the old home in Indiana returning
to Elk Falls four or five years ago.
Mr. Stout was of Quaker parentage
and became a member of that church in his youth. Later after his marriage
he united with the M. E. church. Of late years his name was not on any
church rolls, but he still endeavored to live the life of a Christian and was
respected by all who knew him.
By trade he was a carpenter
until he became too feeble to do very much work of that kind. He obeyed
the call of his country in its time of peril enlisting in Co. G, 147 Reg. Ind.
Vol. Infantry and served to the close of the war.
He was for many years and until
his death a member of the Grand Army of the Republic but a few weeks ago he
followed to its last resting place the mortal remains of his comrade John Bachli
and was the officer who laid one of the tributes upon the casket of the dead.
He became a Mason in 1857 and was
a charter member and advanced step by step in Westfield Lodge, Westfield, Ind.,
until he became its master. He was charter member and the first senior
warden of Meridian Lodge No. 120 A. F. and A. M. in Elk Falls, Kansas when the
lodge was instituted in 1871 and was deeply interested in its work until called
On Saturday evening he seemed in
about his usual health but in the night while walking across the floor he fell
dislocating one of his hip joints and fracturing a bone. The shock was
more than he could bear in his enfeebled condition. He quietly passed away
The funeral took place in the M.
E. church Wednesday 2 p. m. conducted by the pastor Rev. John A. Pratt with an
address by N. Hill. Music by M. E. choir. The Masonic Lodge
accompanied the funeral procession to the cemetery and at the grave observed the
ritual of the order. A few of the G. A. R. Post headed the procession not
many being able to march.
We wish to express our thanks for the sympathy and assistance tendered us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.
MRS. THOS. STOUT.
MRS. T. D. FRY.