Merritt Charles (1860 - 1934)
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Surnames: Thomas, Hoton, Kitkowsky, Lange, Ritter, Longenecker, Partch
----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 25 Feb. 1937
Thomas, Merritt Charles (5 Aug. 1860 - 14 Feb. 1937)
Merritt Charles Thomas, son of Charles M. and Martha Loveless Thomas, was born Aug. 5, 1860, in the Town of Columbus, Columbia County, Wis., and passed away at his farm home in the Town of Washburn, Clark County, Feb. 14, 1937, aged 76 years, 6 months and 9 days.
In his early life he followed the butcher trade in Madison, Waterloo and Deerfield.
About 35 years ago he came to Clark County and bought the farm where he lived until his death.
During his residence here he took a prominent part in local affairs, serving the town for seven years as assessor, and in addition to carrying on successfully his farm, he called auctions for local sales.
He was first married to Helen Hoton in 1902, shortly before coming to Clark County. She died in 1920.
In 1923 he was united in marriage with Miss Theresa Kitkowsky of City Point, who with their little daughter, Angeline, survives him. He leaves also two sisters, Mrs. Edith Lange of Columbus, and Mrs. F. L. Ritter of Rio; and two brothers, Melvin J. of Beaver Dam and Edwin S. of Columbus.
Brief funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, at Schiller’s Funeral home, Rev. G. W. Longenecker officiating, and the body was taken to Fall River, Wis., where services were held that afternoon at Whitney Memorial Chapel, Rev. Leroy C. Partch officiating. Burial took place at Hillside Cemetery in the family lot.
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