Mary Jane Sawyers Thomas
11 December 1852 - 19 October 1905
1 September 1886 - 25 January 1936
d/o Herman Thoma & Mary Jane Sawyers
The man who introduced Holstein cattle in Grayson County, farmer,
nurseryman and landscape gardener, is Herman Thoma of Flowing Wells, who
came to Grayson County in 1869.
Mr. Thoma came to America from Germany
in 1867, a lad of 21 years, landing at Baltimore, Md., and going to Wells
County, Indiana, where he taught school and engaged in gardening and the nursery
business until he came to Texas. In the fall of 1877 he opened a
general store at Martin Springs, now known as Flowing Wells, and added
to this beginning of a community a gin, a grist mill and a postoffice.
Mr. Thomas continued in these businesses for eighteen years and was successful
in all of them.
In 1878 he married Miss Mary J. Sawyers. Four
daughters, Ada, Clara, Beulah and Mabel were born to this union.
In 1888 Mr. Thoma purchased some 200 acres of land five miles east of Flowing
Wells where he built a two-story home and where he still resides.
Mrs. Thoma died in 1905 and two daughters Ada and Beulah, married and died
in recent years. Miss Clara Thoma has remained at home with her father
and Miss Mabel Thoma is teaching in the Fort Worth schools.
is a Mason and a member of the Presbyterian church.
When active his
hobby was gardening and landscaping, as well as the raising of fine stock.
Special to the Democrat
POTTSBORO - Herman Thoma, 86-years-old, died at his home two miles
west of Pottsboro Wednesday at 10:05 a.m. after an illness of six weeks
and funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. from the home with
Rev. Ray Short of Pottsboro and the Rev. S.J. Hodges of Denision officiating.
Burial will be at Georgetown Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Henry
Guilloud, J.H. Taylor, Henry Ruddell, T.B. Johnson, E.C. Looney, all of
Pottsboro and A.S. Noble of Sherman. Surviving are two daughters,
Miss Clara Thoma of Pottsboro and Miss Mabel Thoma, a teacher in the Fort
Worth schools; and three grandchildren, Miss Viola Grissom, a nurse at
St. Paul's sanitarium at Dallas, Miss Fern Grissom and Paul Grissom of
Mr. Thoma was born in Germany Nov. 3, 1846, and came to
this country when 21 years old. He had been residing in this community
about 45 years and when Martin Springs was a postoffice he served as postmaster
and ran the store there. His wife, Mary Jane Sawyer Thoma, died in 1905.
Death Certerficate information adds that his father was Augusta Thoma born in Germany
and mother Mary Jane Jargers, born in Tennessee.
Elaine Nall Bay