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October 4, 1912

Young Man Dead
Typhoid Fever Causes Death of Elmer Thomas
Elmer, the sixteen year old son of Mr. And Mrs. Stark W. Thomas, who live about six miles south east of Cadiz, died last Thursday after an illness of several weeks from typhoid fever. He was a bright industrious young man, and The Record joins a host of friends in extending our deeply sympathy to the bereaved parents in the untimely death of their son. His remains were laid to rest Friday afternoon in the old Thomas grave yard, near Oak Grove church in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Several other members of Mr. Thomas family have been and are very sick with this same disease.



April 1913

C. T. Bridges Answers Last Call After Lingering Illness
Was Prominent Citizen, Baptist, Mason and Confederate

After an illness dating back for two years or more, from which he gradually grew worse, Mr. Cullen T. Bridges answered the final summons Monday night at his home at Maple Grove, Ky., about seven miles south west of here.

Mr. Bridges was born not far from where he had always lived and where he died, on August 12, 1844, and was the youngest son of a large family of children of William and Mary Bridges. When a young man he was united in marriage to Miss Virginia Thomas, daughter of Peyton Thomas, who preceded him to the grave about two years. To this union was born ten children, seven of whom are still living as follows: G.A. Bridges, John T. Bridges, Mrs. L. Cunningham, Mrs. Ben Grigsby, Mrs. Robert H. Thomas and Jessie C. Bridges, all of this county. He is also survived by one brother, Drew Bridges.

Mr. Bridges was a Christian gentleman, and had been a member of the Donaldson Creek Baptist church for over forty years. He had also been a member of the Canton Masonic lodge no. 242 for nearly fifty years with the exception of about two years that he held his membership with the Linton lodge, when it was first organized. He had served as Master of his lodge a number of times, and was a frequent attendant upon the meetings of the Grand Lodge. He also belonged to the Odd Fellows many years ago.

During the Civil War he served as a member of the Confederate army under Forrest's command, and ever remained loyal to the "Lost Cause,". In politics he had always been a staunch Democrat and had frequently served his party as committeeman and in other capacities.

He also had the distinction of being one of the oldest postmasters in Kentucky. He had served as postmaster of the Maple Grove post office since it was first established in 1873.

He had always been recognized as one of the foremost citizens of the county, and was generally active in every movement for the up building and improvement of his county and community, and will be greatly missed by his relatives, friends, neighbors and the citizens of the county generally.

His remains were laid to rest yesterday about noon in the family burying ground near his late residence with Masonic honors in the presence of a very large crowd of sorrowing friends and loved ones.



Cadiz Record

Writes Officer to Mr and Mrs Seldon Thomas Of Their Son Garnet
JAMES GARNETT THOMAS, a Trigg county soldier and son of Mr. and Mrs. Seldon T. Thomas, of Montgomery, who was accidentally killed in Germany on the first day of this year, stood high among his comrades in the army.
The following letters one from one of his commanding officers and another from an associate in arms, tell of the high regard in which he was held in the army and of the splendid Christian life he lived during the period he was in the service of his country.

My Dear Mr. Thomas.
We have received your letter, and in compliance with your request, several of the boys signed and mailed a letter to you which you will probably receive by this time.

I am an officer of "E" Company, and knew your son well. He was in my platoon from the very first -- both in the United States and over here. I gave him his first real training as a soldier, and I must say he made one of the best we have had in this company. He was like equally by officers and men, and was know to be a good Christian and honest and trustworthy. He was always strictly obedient and seemed always to take price in his military duties. Under fire he behaved courageously and was always cheerful no matter how hard the going was.
We all deeply regret the unfortunate accident which resulted in his death especially happening as it did, after he had passed through so much danger in the four campaigns in which his regiment has participated, and we all greatly sympathize with you in your great sorrow.

His funeral was the best obtainable and was held with full military honors the casket being borne to the grave on an artillery casson drawn by eight horses, led by the regimental band and followed sorrowfully by myself and my platoon (60 men) of which he was a member, as an escort of honor. He was laid to rest across and in sight of the River Rhine while three volleys of musketry were fired over his grave, and "taps" sounded.
You may rest, Mr. Thomas, in the firm assurance that your son was an excellent soldier, a good comrade and a man. Hoping I may have the pleasure of meeting you some day. I am,
Respectfully yours,
William A. Lebeau
1st Lieut. Co. E 1st Pioneer Inf.
February 17, 1919

My dear Mr. Thomas:
We are strangers to you, but we're well acquainted with your son, James, who was killed in accident. It sure was a shock to us all as he was well liked by every man in the company. He was always there with a smile for all of us and was a true Christian. Never swore and always was clean in mind and body. It surely is sad after coming through war safely to be taken at the last moment. He was buried with full military honors and the boys from his squad acted as pallbearers. He was buried in a cemetery in Ehrenbrelstein near the Rhine. Many of the boys who died while fighting France were not buried for few days as it was impossible to get to them. We did all in our power.

Our Chaplain read the funeral service and then three volleys were fired over the grave. All of us boys sympathize with you and all in your great sorrow, and may God be with you all and bless you in your sorrow.
Your friend,
Pvt A. Engel
Co. E 1st Pioneer Inf.A.E.F.
February 17, 1919

August 6, 1925
Reached County Thursday Afternoon
The body of James Garnett Thomas, a young soldier of Trigg county, who was accidentally killed in Germany on the first day of January 1919, reached the county Tuesday afternoon. The body was taken to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Seldon T. Thomas, near Montgomery, where it will remain until Friday, and then it will be taken to the old Starkie Thomas grave yard six miles south of Cadiz for burial. The burial will take place about 1:30 Friday afternoon. The American Legion of this city will conduct the burial with usual military honors. The body reached the states a few days ago and was shipped from New York City Sunday morning leaving there at ten o'clock. From Louisville the body was accompanied by Private Lenzy Pruitt, of Camp Taylor, who will remain here until after the burial Friday afternoon. A large number of friends and relatives of young Thomas will attend the burial and funeral services Friday.

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