|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1857|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1934|
Son of John and Agnes Jane Thurman.
John and his wife, Paulina, resided at 303 West 6th street in Carthage, Missouri.
The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.
CARTHAGE WEEKLY PRESS
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 1934 - PAGE THREE
J. F. THURMAN DEAD AT 77
END COMES SUDDENLY TO RETIRED MAIL CARRIER
In Postal Service Here - Funeral at 4:40 Tomorrow Afternoon
From Friday's Daily
John Franklin Thurman, 77, retired veteran Carthage mail carrier, died suddenly at 12:50 o'clock this morning at McCune-Brooks Hospital where he was moved about 7:30 o'clock last night.
Mr. Thurman had been in failing health for sometime, but his condition was not considered serious. He was stricken suddenly yesterday afternoon when the attending physician arrived at his home, 303 West Sixth street, early last night his condition was such it was thought advisable to move him to the hospital. He suffered from a complication of ailments.
Mr. Thurman had been a resident of Carthage since 1883, when he came here from Carterville to take a position on the Daily Transcript, a paper then published by the late Ben Dearing, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He later became a night foreman of the Democrat office here, resigning that position to enter the postal service in 1890.
Two years previous to Mr. Thurman's appointment as carrier at the Carthage post office, free city mail delivery had been established in Carthage. He was the first carrier in the business district and for 17½ years, his territory was the business district alone. His route was then changed and until his retirement on January 28, 1922 he covered the south and east sides of the square and the west part of town between Chestnut and Oak streets.
He was the oldest man in the point of years in the Carthage office at the time of his retirement. He served under five postmasters, Thomas K. Irwin, Ben F. Thomas,Thomas B. Tuttle,R. T. Stickney and Ben Hackney. He retired under the government age regulation after having carried mail in Carthage for a period of 31 years and four months. It was estimated that during his service as mail carrier he walked a distance sufficient to carry him more than four times around the world.
Mr. Thurman was born January 30, 1857 in Clinton, MO. When he was four years of age his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Thurman, moved to Germantown, MO., and were living there when the Civil War broke out. Mr. and Mrs. Thurman then moved to Illinois, where they lived until the close of the war, after which they returned to Germantown. When he was 14 years old his parents went to Appleton City, MO., and lived there until he was 23 years old when the family moved to Carterville.
He was married February 5, 1882 in Carterville to Miss Pauline Alta Alice Hatcher, who died March 5, 1917 in Carthage.
Surviving are two children, Mrs. Ernest Davis, who made her home with her father, and John Franklin Thurman,Jr. of Carthage, and two grandchildren, Mrs. Guy E. Nearing of Bristow, OK., and Richard Lee Thurman of Carthage. Mr. and Mrs. Nearing arrived here early this morning
Mr. Thurman operated a popcorn and peanut stand on the square from the time of his retirement from the postal service until last spring.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian church and of the Security Benefit Association.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Knell service home. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.
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Paulina Alta Alice Hatcher Thurman (1862 - 1917)*
Ocie Laette Thurman Davis (1884 - 1960)*
John Franklin Thurman (1887 - 1971)*
Plot: Bl 30 Lot 132 Sp 7
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