THOMAS N. KING
The Sedan Times-Star, Thursday, Oct. 19,
1916, Pg. 1
Died: Oct. 17, 1916
entire community felt the loss of a friend and comrade Tuesday morning when the
news was spread of the death of Justice T. N. King, soldier-citizen and old
settler, who has long seemed a part of the tradition of the town. At the
first hour of the day he was breathing his last, answered to the call of taps,
and passed to the great battlefield. The men and women of Sedan who were
its boys and girls of thirty years ago knew Justice King at his best, for he has
been a conspicuous figure in his time.
Forty-four years ago he came from
his native state, Kentucky, to old Howard county, first locating at Peru in
1870. Two years later he was elected district clerk of Howard county,
which about that time was divided into Elk and Chautauqua. In 1874, he was
elected district clerk of Chautauqua county, serving two terms. In 1882,
he was under-sheriff. He was elected police judge many times and was at
the time of death a justice of the peace. He has been for many years a
pension agent for veterans and widows of the Civil war.
Mr. King was born in Hart county,
Kentucky, and he always retained many of the characteristics of the
Kentuckian—warm hearted and most faithful to his friends. In 1861 he
enlisted in Co. B, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry. He served his country faithfully
three years in the Army of the Cumberland and in 1863 was captured by the
Confederates, but escaped in a short time. He retained ever the bearing of
the soldier which distinguished him from other elderly men and even in death was
stamped with dignity. For Mr. King never surrendered to the vissisitudes
of life. Although he met reverses. He never complained but faced
life with courage and fortitude. All summer he has shown marks of fast
increasing weakness and the call that was soon to come but it had been hoped he
would take a turn for the better.
He organized Grand Army Post 74
and was its first commander, and since an active member. He was a member
of the Odd Fellow lodge and of Vesper Lodge A. F. and A. M. At 10
o’clock yesterday morning at the family home in the west part of town.
The Masons were in charge and held a short ritualistic service, which was
continued at the grave. In honor of his soldier record a guard of honor
from Stone River Post was part of the escort and conducted a service at the
grave. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery.
The deceased leaves besides his
faithful loving wife, seven children. They are Mr. C. C. Rupert and Wayne
King of Barber, Idaho; Mrs. Vera Lantz of Aberdeen, Washington; Mrs. Nellie
Benson of Pawhuska; Terrance King of Drumright and Mrs. Sylvia Mattox and Mrs.
Oscar Powell of Sedan.