Obituary of Reuben H. Thurston, Mankato Free Press (Mankato, MN), April 1880:
An Old Settler Gone-Sudden Death of R. H. Thurston.
R. H. Thurston died suddenly, at his residence on his farm, near Garden City, on the morning of the 13th, in the 74th year of his age, having been born in Vermont, Dec. 11th 1806. His mother was twice married, her first husband, being a Wheeler, and her oldest child was the father of Hon. Wm. A. Wheeler, Vice-President of the United States. Emigrating early to Ohio, he became one of the most enterprising and thrifty farmers of the central portion of that State. He came to Minnesota in the spring of 1856, and bought the old Vauslyke pre-emption near Garden City, which was his late residence. His contemporaries in that early settlement, were E. P. Evans, John B. Skinner, Edson Geary, John Tompson. Geo. Lamberton and E.T. Mills. In 1827 he married to Miss Mary Brooks, sister of the Rev. Dr. Cyrus Brooks, of St. Paul. Of this marriage there were nine children, most of them are well known in this county; Dr. Irvin H. Thurston, Mrs. Mary E. Snow, of St. Paul, Mrs. Sarah H. Cowgill, of Iowa, Mrs. Rose L. Baker, former wife of Gen. J.H. Baker of Mankato, C. B. Thurston, of St. Paul, Mrs. Callie F. Finch, Frank Thurston, and Charlie E. Thurston. Mr. Thurston was well known throughout his whole life, for his independance of thought and liberal views. In early manhood, he belonged to the oldschool of Ohio abolitionists, and at a time when it required boldness and courage to maintain such a position. His peculiar liberal views were well known in this county, and in the days of his full mental power, there were few indeed who cared to encounter his keen logic. His whole life was morally without spot of blemish. To those who knew him intimately, the rectitude of his life and the principles of scrupulous faith and honor which governed him, placed him in the front rank of tried and trusted men. Indeed, as men go, he was a remarkable character, and his name and memory will be sweetly cherished by those who knew him well.
Mary Morse Brooks Thurston
Thomas Jefferson Thurston
Maria Thurston Chipman
Cordelia Thurston Woods