Judge Thomas M. Garland


Judge Thomas M. Garland

Colchester, Colchester Borough, Essex, England
Death 22 Apr 1902 (aged 71)
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot Traditional Sector Bl 20 Lot 22 Sp 6
Memorial ID 43535344 View Source
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End of a Long and Eventful Career the Result of an Asthmatic Trouble - Pioneer Newspaper Man

Judge T. M. Garland died last night at 20 minutes past 8 o'clock at his home on the corner of Howard and Second Streets. For many years a sufferer from emphysema, an asthmatic trouble, he broke down again, as he had frequently done before, while at his office Monday evening. Yesterday he was reported to be recovering nicely and no thought of his death was entertained. But the end came shortly after 8 o'clock, while two physicians and a nurse were at his bedside. He had been conscious up to the last, and did not seem to realize that the end was at hand.

"Uncle Tommy" as he was affectionately called, was born in Colchester, England in 1831, and was nearly seventy-three years of age. He learned the book printers trade in England and moved to Lafayette, Indiana when a young man. During the Civil War he was employed on the St. Louis Republic, and later he tried newspaper work at Bolivar, Mo. From that point he had hauled overland a printing outfit to Carthage and set up the WEEKLY BANNER here in 1866. That was the first newspaper in Carthage after the war, and its office was situated on the present Harrington Hotel lot. Major A. F. Lewis was his partner from 1872 to 1879, when Mr. Garland gave up the newspaper work.

In that year, '79,' he was elected city treasurer of Carthage, and he has since been honored with the offices of city collector, city clerk, county treasurer and justice of the peace, service in the latter capacity the last eight years. He was a Mason, an Odd Fellow and a member of the A. O. U. W., leaving a life insurance of $2,000 in the latter.

Judge Garland was a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church, and was a regular attendant at services there. Rev. Mr. Sniffen will conduct the funeral.
Deceased is survived by two sons;
George Garland, who arrived this morning from Kansas City,
Will Garland who will arrive tonight from Muskogee, I.T. [Indian Territory], and
a daughter;
Mrs. Victor Grieb of this city,

two brothers;
Ed Garland of this city and
Alfred Garland of Pueblo, Colorado and

a sister;
Mrs. John Addison of Carroll, Iowa.

Deceased brother; Henry Garland of this city.

NOTE: One early building in which he operated was described by Mrs E O Brown in her 1935 article published in the Carthage Press concerning the lake which the building was partially built over, to wit: "The only building in the lake area was the structure occupied by the Carthage Daily Banner, facing Main street, on part of the site of the present B & L building [1935]. It stood on piles 10 feet high to put it above the water and to the street level."

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