HAVRE DAILY NEWS         Monday January 28, 1958

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CHARLIE THOMAS RETIRED FARMER PASSES AWAY

   Charlie R. Thomas, 82, retired Hill County farmer, died at the home of his

son, Clyde R. Thomas, 903 Second street, early Sunday morning. Funeral services

will be conducted at 2 pm Tuesday at the Holland and Bonine funeral home.

   Born July 25, 1875 in Hazelgreen, WI, Mr Thomas moved to Britt, Iowa in 1879

where he lived with his family. He was married to Marie Trulson in Britt on

March 8, 1905.

   Mr Thomas was one of the early day pioneers who unlimited faith in Montana.

He came in an emigrant car on the Great Northern railroad in the spring of 1910

to Montana and homesteaded two miles south of Fresno. Unitl his retirement a

few years ago, he was engaged in numerous business ventures including the

establishment of the First National Bank and the Fresno Land and Cattle Co. He

was  a grain buyer for the Gallatin Valley Milling Co. for 20 years at Fresno

and also operated a wheat farm, real estate and insurance business until the

time of his death.

   Survivors include one son, Clyde R., Havre; a foster son, Del Trulson,

Kremlin, and one brother, Frank, Havre. His wife preceded him in death on

October 26, 1957. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer,

Edgar, and Oscar, and a sister, Mabel.

   Mr Thomas was a member of Enterprise Lodge No 134, AF&AM, and the

Presbyterian Church.

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