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THE WESTERN STAR, 17 November 1912
Joseph P. Thomas Dies Suddenly.

The people of this community were shocked on last Saturday afternoon to learn of the sudden death of Joe Thomas at the Commercial hotel where he and his wife had rooms. As noted in these columns last week, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were hurt in an automobile accident near Sitka, about 20 miles southwest of here, on Sunday, October 20, and they were confined to their rooms while recovering from the injuries received on that occasion. Mr. Thomas had sufficiently recovered that he was able to get about the rooms some. He had dressed himself and had taken a rocking chair and was in the hall about 3:30 p.m. and was sitting or reclining on a couch, when the attending nurse noticed that he suddenly turned very pale. He remarked to the nurse that he would "soon be all right," but those were the last words he spoke. He was dead in a few minutes. Death was evidently due to heart failure.

Deceased was a member of the Masonic lodge and the members of that order in this city conducted funeral or burial services at the hotel on Sunday afternoon. On Monday the Masons took charge of the body and three
members accompanied it to St. John, Kansas, where interment was made on Tuesday afternoon, the Masonic lodge of that city being in charge. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church, Rev. J. S. Moore, pastor
of the Baptist church of St. John, preaching the sermon. The attendance at the funeral of the former neighbors and friends of the deceased indicated their profound regard.

Joseph Parker Thomas was born in Columbus, Kentucky, on March 13, 1867. At the time of his death, his age was therefore, 45 years, 7 months and 13 days. In 1883, he moved from Kentucky to Texas where he lived for a few years. Later he made his home for a short time in New Mexico and Colorado. About 8 years ago he settled in St. John, Stafford county, Kansas. He continued to live in that county until about 2 years ago, when he and one or two other Stafford county people bought a tract of land, the former T. J. Curran ranch, in this county. He then made this city his home and had planned to locate here permanently. On the 1st of last September, he was married in St., John, Kansas, to Miss Bessie Lill, who survives him and who, by reason of the recent automobile accident, is still confined to her bed in the Commecial hotel in this city.

Mr. Thomas was a successful businessman, straight forward, energetic and accurate in his judgment on business affairs and in the promotion of those things intended, for the public good. In his death this community loses a valuable citizen and every one a good friend.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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