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Obituaries - Thomas H. FISHER

Blandinsville Star-Gazette, June 4, 1914 - Thomas Fisher
    Thomas Fisher, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Blandinsville passed away at his home on South Main St., at 7:20 a.m. on Monday June 1, aged 70 years, 11 months and 28 days. The deceased was an old soldier, prominent in G.A.R. circles and perhaps saw more service in the army than any other resident of Blandinsville. He entered the service on Aug. 10, 1861 and was mustered out March 15, 1866. He was a member of Co. D. 28 Ill. Volunteers. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The internment was in South Side cemetery.
    A fuller obituary will be in next week.

Blandinsville Star-Gazette, June 11, 1914 - Thomas H. Fisher
    Another veteran has answered the summons and passed to his reward. Thomas H. Fisher was born June 3, 1843 in Blandinsville township and died at his home in Blandinsville, Ill. June 1, 1914 at 7:20 a.m., aged 70 years, 11 months and 28 days.
    His entire life was spent in and near the place of his birth, as a farm hand until Aug. 10, 1861, when he enlisted at LaHarpe, Ill. in Co. D 28th Ill. Infantry, in the U. S. services. He served during the entire war, being in twelve battles besides many skirmishes and many were the hardships the soldiers endured. He was mustered out at Brownsville, Texas March 15, 1866. January 21, 1869 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Farris. To this union three children were born, one daughter and two sons. The daughter and one son preceded their father in death. After moving to Blandinsville 24 years ago his occupation was that of tile ditching until disabled by sickness. He was raised by christian parents of the U. B. Sabbath School and church, but later in life some 27 years ago, he was converted in the Rock Creek M.E. church and became a member of that congregation but later transferred his membership to the M. E. church in Blandinsville of which he remained a member till his death.
    During the last two months of his sickness he was a great sufferer, but very patient and saying he was prepared and ready, only waiting for the call of his master.
    He leaves besides his wife and one son, eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, two brothers Matthias of LaPlata, Mo., and Abel of Blandinsville, and one half-sister, Mrs. Sarah Pollock of East Brook, Penn., and many other relatives and friends. Of his life you all know, may we emulate his virtues, overlooking his faults, for we all make mistakes in our journey through life.

Contributed by Stephen Fisher