25 Jul 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Brandi McLoughlin
Frank B. Thomas, general farmer and stock-raiser, section 29, Tampico Township, was born in Sterling Ill., May 20, 1858. His parents, Henry and Hannah (Norton) Thomas, were natives in Massachusetts, who came West in 1855, locating in Sterling: but for the last five years they have resided with their son, the subject of this sketch. Mr. Thomas was reared and educated at Sterling until 18 years of age: and before his marriage he followed wagon-making a year and carpentry two years, which latter trade he learned of his father. After marriage, he resided one year on the Bullock homestead, and then located on an adjoining farm of 80 acres, which he now owns and occupies, and most of which is well improved. Mr. Thomas was married May 29, 1879, to Miss Ida M., daughter of Rufus M. Bullock (see sketch). She was born in Rockton, Winnebago Co., Ill., April 12, 1857, and was 13 years of age when her parents moved with their family to this county, settling in Tampico. She was educated at Sterling. By this marriage, there are two children, namely: Mabel, born August 3, 1881; and Alfred M., born December 13, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are members of the Baptist Church, and in politics, Mr. T. is a reliable Republican.