Thomas, Henry George
Age: 17, credited to Stowe, VTVITALS
Birth: 05/06/1844, Stowe, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Soldiers Memorial Building, Stowe, VT
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Henry G. Thomas
William H. Jeffrey, Successful Vermonters: A Modern Gazetteer of Lamoille, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, (The Historical Publishing Company, East Burke, VT, 1907), pp. 136-137.
Henry George Thomas, second child and only surviving son of Jones and Julia Ann (Harris) Thomas, was born in Stowe, March 6, 1844. He was reared on the paternal farm and received his education in the common and high schools, up to the time of the breaking out of the Civil War. On the breaking out of the Civil War. On the 1st day of June, 1861, at the age of 17, he was enrolled as a drummer boy, to serve for three years, or during the war; was sworn into the United States service on the 16th day of July, 1861, in Company E, Third Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He performed other duties than drummer, and shared in all the hardships of his regiment and participated in all the campaigns of his regiment in whatever capacity he was detailed. He was honorably discharged with his regiment, at Burlington, on the 27th day of July, 1864 therefore serving three years and two months. After attending the high school in the fall of 1864, he entered the employ of Asa R. Camp, the leading general merchant in his native town. In 1868 he took Greeley's advice, living in the West more than twenty years; most of the time being in the mercantile business; also identified with other business interests -- Dakota lands and Minneapolis real estate.
Mr. Thomas has been a member of Mystic Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 56 for 34 years; a member of Ark Chapter, Minneapolis. When living in Minneapolis, was a member of Morgan Post, G.AR one of the largest in the United States, but when he returned to his native home he took his discharge from Morgan Post and joined H. H. Smith Post, No. 19, of Stowe, and is commander of his post at the present time. He was also commander in 1902, 1902 and 1903, refusing to serve longer.
In 1900 Mr. Thomas organized the Stowe Soldiers' memorial Association for the purpose of raising funds to build a soldiers' monument. Was elected its president, and still holds this office. Through the efforts of this organization about $1,000 was raised. In 1901, Mr. Healey C. Akeley, a wealthy lumberman of Minneapolis, a native of Stowe, who served as lieutenant in the Second Michigan Cavalry, was visiting Mr. Thomas. When the subject of building a soldiers' monument came up, Mr. Akeley was much interested, and suggested that a building of some kind would be a most appropriate and fitting memorial to the soldiers of the Civil War, and a benefit to the living, and authorized Mr. Thomas to carry out his suggestion, which would be a free gift. Mr. Thomas mad all the contracts, purchased the site and superintended the construction of the building. On May 30, 1902, Mr. Thomas had the honor of laying the corner-stone in the presence of a large concourse of people. A bronze tablet is placed in the main corridor of the building, with the following inscription:
"In recognition of the munificent gift of this building by Healey C. Akeley, and in appreciation of the efforts of Henry G. Thomas in its accomplishment, this tablet is placed in commemoration by the citizens of Stowe."In carrying out the object of building a soldiers' monument, as proposed in the beginning, it seemed commendable to increase and add to the funds already raised for this purpose, which was done, and instead of building a marble or granite shaft (the usual custom), marble tablets, with the names of 246 soldiers inscribed on the same, who served in the Civil War and entitled to recognition, all being either natives of Stowe or credited to her quota, were placed in Memorial Hall through the efforts of Mr. Thomas. The building is old Colonial style of architecture throughout, with solid red brick walls and light Barre granite trimmings. It is 88 feet front on the main business street, and 48 feet in depth, with two stories and basement.
Through the courtesy of Senator Redfield Proctor, two three-inch cannon Rodman pattern, were presented to the building, and are mounted on the lawn at each side of the porch. These canon saw service in the Civil War. A large granite tablet over the main entrance has a wreath design hanging in the folds. Above the folds are inscribed the words: "Soldiers' Memorial. Presented by H. C. Akeley."
January 12, 1868, Mr. Thomas married Alice G. Raymond, daughter of the Hon. Asa Raymond and sister to Captain Albert Raymond, who served conspicuously in both the Thirteenth and Seventeenth Vermont regiments in the Civil War. Three children have been born of their marriage, one dying in infancy; two daughters now living: Mrs. J. S. Whitcomb of Fargo, North Dakota, the second daughter, Mrs. William P. Cooper of Salt Lake City.
Huntington Beach News, May 29, 1930
One Veteran of Civil War Will Parade
Only One in Blue This Memorial Day Will Offer Salute For Comrades
Memorial Day, Friday, May 30, will be appropriately observed here ..
H. G. Thomas, civil war veteran and last surviving member of the G.A.R. post of this city, will be given the place of honor in the Memorial Day parade if his health permits his attendance. Commander William Curnutt of the American Legion, virile organization of the younger soldiers, will ride beside the beloved veteran. Commander H. G. Thomas of the G.A.R., if the Grand Army veteran is able to represent the once great army of which he was a member.
A few short years ago Commander Thomas led his Grand Army corps down the streets of Huntington Beach. The grizzled fife and drum corps beat a tattoo and the Spanish War veterans fired the salute off the pier over the waters of the Pacific. This year the last proud G.A.R. of the once active corps here, will not leave his auto, but will drive to the end of the pier to raise his hand in a salute, in honor of his dear comrades who have left him alone to celebrate this Memorial Day of 1930. His beloved but faded blue uniform will be worn as proudly as on the days when it swept with a phalanx of blue over the battlefields of Dixie when the issue at stake was the nation that shelters us today, greatest, most powerful nation ever created on earth.
The Grand Old Army of the Republic is passing the torch….
Santa Ana Register, December 17, 1930
Last Member of G.A.R. Post In Huntington Beach Dies
The last member of the G.A.R. post of Huntington Beach was called by death at 1 am., today. He was Henry G. Thomas, 86, a resident of Orange county for the past 20 years, and beloved by all who knew him.
Christian Science funeral services will be held at the Dixon parlors in the beach city Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The body will be cremated.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his widow, Mrs. Alice Thomas, and two daughters, Mrs. Germain Whitcomb, of Redwood, Calif. and Mrs. Mary Bradford, of Huntington Beach.
Mr. Thomas was a native of Vermont. He resided at 575 Thirteenth street, Huntington Beach. He was a life member of the Royal Arch, Masons.
Courtesy of Charles Lewis Beal