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COUNCIL GROVE REPUBLICAN, 7 July 1937
Article on the Death of FREDERICK W. THOMAS
F. W. THOMAS DIES SUDDENLY
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HEART ATTACK PROVES FATAL AT EARLY HOUR THIS MORNING
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Had Been In Council Grove Yesterday - Conducted A Grocery Here 25 Years Ago And Served As County Commissioner During War.
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Fred W. Thomas succumbed to a sudden heart attack early this morning at his home near Dunlap. Death occurred only a few hours after he had visited Council Grove yesterday and commented on how well he felt.

Mr. Thomas settled in Morris county in 1900 but spent two years in Cherryvale in a dry goods store before returning here to enter the employ of Loy & Railey. Later he established a grocery of his own in the building now occupied by the Savings & Loan. During art of this time he conducted farming operations at Dunlap, and in 1913 retired from the store to give all his attention to the Dunlap farm where he moved.

About four years ago Mr. Thomas suffered a severe heart attack but rallied from its effects. Last March he was the center of a family reunion at which all children were home. The accompanying picture, the last he had taken, was made at that time. He spent Sunday at Kahola lake and yesterday came into town for a few hours. He told Mrs. Thomas that he was feeling exceptionally well at bedtime, but at 11:30 he aroused her. He recognized Preston, the oldest son when the latter was called at 1 o'clock but quickly sank into a coma from which he did not again arouse.

Mr. Thomas was 64 years old. Always interested in community affairs, he served as county commissioner during the war. He is survived by a widow and 3 children, Preston, Fred, Jr., and Rosina Waldorf of Hays. Funeral at Dunlap Methodist church.
Transcribed and Contributed by Kenneth Thomas


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