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George Henry Thomas
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1857
Salem
Adams County
Indiana, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 1914
Carthage
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

1st photo is: George H. Thomas pictured in the Carthage Press in 1891 accompanied with an caption about his promotions through the Light Guard ranks to Captain.
(click on photo for caption)

2nd photo is: Carthage Light Guard 1881
Carthage, Missouri
George Thomas is pictured 2nd from left, bottom row.

3rd photo is: his The Palace Saloon at 207, 1906 City Directory 209/'11 south Main street later with partner "Doug" Finley, then it may (?) have moved, abutting south side of Garland building at 318 Grant street, which was lost to fire, now Carthage City Hall occupies the land.

4th photo is: George H. Thomas pictured with the Carthage Volunteer Fire Company of which he was Chief
He is in the 2nd row, fourth from left.

In August 1891, Capt. George H. Thomas was the commander of the Light Guard and had resided in Carthage for 17 years. He became a member of the company in 1879 and went through the line of promotions from 8th corporal to 1st Sergeant, which latter position he held from 1885 until November of 1890 when he was then elected Captain of the Company.
Originally organized in 1876, The Light Guard was known for the efficiency of the company in manual of arms, maneuvers and soldierly discipline. This crack unit took many awards in competitive drills on the local, state and national levels.

Location was in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri
Identified members; W. A. Williams, George H. Thomas, Ed Cassil, John W. Halliburton,Charles Brown, William K Caffee, Ed Crow, A. M. Hurty

Until the 'nineties there was no prescribed uniform for the State Militia and each organization chose and paid for its own equipment, except the rifles which were furnished by the state of Missouri and were of the same pattern as the United States Army used.

The Carthage Light Guard uniform was of cadet gray and the company presented a neat appearance. Captain Garrison was a good drill master and the company attained a high state of proficiency under his captaincy.

On July 6, 1876, a beautiful silk flag was presented to the Light Guard by the citizens of Carthage. A.L. Thomas making the presentation speech. The company gave an annual military ball on the 22nd of February and it was always the social event of the year.

First was Captain Benjamin F Garrison who resigned in 1878 and second, was succeeded by Thomas Benton Tuttle, who after serving as captain about two years resigned, then third William King Caffee was chosen his successor until OCT 1883, then fourth C C Allen till MAR 1887. then fifth was again, William King Caffee till made regimental commander, then sixth November 1890 George H Thomas, seventh, B.B.Allen, from Feb. 23, 1892. eighth Jerome B. Chaffee, from April 28, 1893. nineth John A. McMillan, July 14, 1894 till Aug 9, 1894 (One Month)encourging Colonel Gray to be commander, then tenth Carl Raymond Gray from 10 AUG 1894, then eleventh, again was John Ard McMillan from 25 MAR 1896, during Spanish American war, twelth being John Harrison Baily from DEC 1899, then thirteenth by William Edwin Hiatt, this with a big thank you to Carthage's Rowland C Diggs, Sr. for his invaluable help.

*****OBITUARY*****

GEORGE H. THOMAS DIES
DROPSY IS FATAL TO WELL KNOW CARTHAGE CITIZEN

Was Chief of Old Volunteer Fire Department and Helped Organize Light Guard Company


George H. Thomas died at 5:55 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, 106 Fulton Street of dropsy from which he had been suffering for several months. On account of the condition of his health, Mr. Thomas went five weeks ago to his ranch near Winslow, Arkansas where his family had been spending the summer. His condition grew worse and he returned to his home in Carthage about two weeks ago.

Mr. Thomas would have been 57 years old in about a month and had resided in Carthage since he was 17 years old. He was born in Salem, Indiana, but left there when he was very young and went to Louisville, Kentucky where he spent about a year before coming to Carthage with his uncle and aunt. Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Mobley. Immediately after coming here he was employed by his uncle in a general store, but later was employed in the store of the Drake Hardware Company.
He engaged in the saloon business here for a number of years. Since saloons were voted in here last February he has been one of the owners of the Palace Bar on Main Street.
For about six years Mr. Thomas was chief of the volunteer fire department, which he assisted in organizing. He also assisted in organizing the old Light Guard and was captain of the company for several years. He was president of the Light Guard Association, an organization composed of former members of that company, which was formed about a year ago. He also was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.

In 1892 he was married to Miss Neosha O'Betz of Wichita, Kansas. The wife and the following children survive him:
*George, Jr.
*Miss Ruth Elizabeth
*Clinton
*Lawrence
*Abner
All of whom reside at the Thompson home here. His mother and three brothers and one sister, all of St. Louis, survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Thomas home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial in Park Cemetery.

___________

FATHER:
Clinton D. Thomas

MOTHER:
Sarah Wilson Thomas
Birthplace: Indiana

Residing in Carthage Missouri at 106 S. Fulton, married and a saloon keeper, he died at 57 years old of liver complications Missouri Death Certificate
 
 
Burial:
Park Cemetery
Carthage
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional area Bl 8 Lot 5 Sp 4
 
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Nov 07, 2009
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George Henry Thomas
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George Henry Thomas
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George Henry Thomas
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~ sixth commander of the Light Guard ~
- Bill
 Added: Oct. 15, 2014
In Memory of an early day pioneer volunteer fireman for Carthage, MO.
- NJBrewer
 Added: Jan. 10, 2010
 
 
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