Oct. 1, 1914 Windom Cottonwood County Minnesota, USA
Thomas C. Collins was but an infant when his parents came to this state from Canada and was twenty one years old when they located in Windom in 1878. He had received an excellent education and had also been carefully trained in the mills of Northfield and Minneapolis in the details of the milling business. Not long after the Collins mill was built at Windom he was made superintendent of the same and about two years after his father's death he bought the mill and continued to operate the same the rest of his life. Thomas C. Collin from the very beginning of his residence in Windom took an active part in the business and civic life of that city and was one of the organizers of the old Cottonwood County Bank, which he served as president as long as it existed, and when it went into voluntary liquidation and the Farmers Bank of Windom was organized he was elected president of the latter institution and held that position until death. Mr. Collins also held extensive commercial and realty interests in the city and was otherwise active in business affairs. He was an ardent Republican, had served his party as a delegate to national conventions and was mayor of Windom for two terms. He was prominent in Masonic affairs, having been a Royal Arch Mason, a Knight Templar and a noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, affiliated with Osman Temple, of the latter order, at St. Paul. He was likewise a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, of which his widow is still a member, and was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, affiliated with the lodge of that order at Mankato, and of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Woodmen of the World, also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He was an active member of the Episcopal church at Windom and for years served that church as warden. His death on October 1, 1914, was therefore deeply felt in all circles hereabout, for he had done well his part, not only in the business life of the city, but in the civic and religious life of the same and his memory will long be cherished in this community.1
The burial register of the Episcopal Church states that Thomas died of paralysis.
1"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916" Volume 2 Publisher Indianapolis, Ind. : B.F. Bowen & Co. Pages 33-35 Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Language English Call number b4229918 Digitizing sponsor MSN Book contributor New York Public Library Collection newyorkpubliclibrary; americana Full catalog record MARCXML