Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
December 17, 1918 - Tuesday, pg 5
Accident Was Fatal To Aged Tampico Man
Thomas Rasmussen, the aged Tampico man who was so seriously injured last week by a fall from a windmill tower at the F. E. West home, northwest of Tampico, was taken to Rochester, Minn., Friday night in hopes of improving his condition. He passed away Sunday forenoon at about 11:00 o'clock, according to a message received here by relatives.
December 18, 1918 - Wednesday, pg 3
Thomas Rasmussen was born in Denmark, March 30, 1851, and came to this country at the age of twenty-three and began work in Sterling. He was married to Leonie Christina Rasmussen, October 29, 1875, and to this union twelve children were born, seven of whom still survive. They are J. C. Rasmussen of Wyanet, Mrs. Martin McCombs of Coleta, Mrs. Anna Christina Fritsch of Manlius, Nels F. of Tampico, Mrs. Minnie Calander of Springfield, Carl and Mrs. Minnie Anderson of Tampico, five dying in infancy.
After their marriage, they resided in Rock Falls two years and then moved south of Tampico where they have since lived at the home in the eastern part of town. Mr. Rasmussen was christened in the Danish Lutheran Church in Denmark and never united with any other church. He came to this country with his hands, health and a will and made a successful farmer. He was an intelligent, hard working man, honest and charitable in all his dealings and leaves a large circle of friends who regret his passing.
(Buried: Tampico Memorial Cemetery)