H. F. Thurston taken by death: former prominent leader in Winnetka succumbs to long illness, well known writer, formerly associated with many magazines
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 21 Mar 1924, p. 6

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Henry Franklin Thurston, a resident of Winnetka for 30 years and formerly prominently identified with the official and civic life of the community, passed away Wednesday, March 19. Services were conducted from the home at 882 Oak street Winnetka, Friday afternoon of this week. Rev. James Austin Richards of the Winnetka Congregational church officiating. Burial was at Graceland.

Mr. Thurston was compelled to retire from public life about ten years ago because of ill health.

He was born at Rockport, Maine, November 29, 1860, and was educated in the Rockport public schools and at Bowdoin college. He came west in the early eighties to enter newspaper work and was for 20 years editor of the Farmer's Review and editor and publisher of the Cook County School News from 1905 until just prior to the World War. He was for several years Agricultural editor of the former Chicago Inter Ocean.

Prominent Writer
At the time of his death, and for ten years previous, Mr. Thurston was a special writer for a number of professional and scientific magazines. His literary attainments include many articles, poems and a volume of poems entitled, "Telemachus and other Poems," published in 1900.

During his 30 years' residence in Winnetka, Mr. Thurston was very active in public affairs, at various times holding important positions in the official life of Winnetka. He served as a member of the Board of Education for 13 years, during five years of which he was secretary of the board. He was for two years a member of the Winnetka Village council. He was an active member of the Winnetka Congregational church.

Wise Counsel Sought
Mr. Thurston was a man of sterling character and greatly respected in the community. His wise counsel was sought in the solution of many urgent problems.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Gertrude M. Thurston, who is New Trier Township supervisor and a prominent social service worker in Winnetka; four daughters, Mrs. K. J. Monrad, of Elkhart, Ind.; Helen M. Thurston of Winnetka; Mrs. R. W. Beverly of Elgin, Ill.; Mrs. Jack C. Anderson of Wilmette and a sister, Mrs. Lena E. Yorke of Boston, Mass.

Honorary pallbearers included prominent Winnetka friends of Mr. Thurston:

Max K. Meyer, Dr. James J. Monahan, Frank Windes, Robert Wallace, J. C. Winship, Frank E. Herdman, Harry I. Orwig, Harry DeLay, Dr. Ralph Childs and W. E. Davis.

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21 Mar 1924
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Anderson, Jack Mrs. ; Beverly, R. W. Mrs. ; Childs, Ralph ; Davis, W. E. ; DeLay, Harry ; Herdman, Frank ; Meyer, Max ; Monahan, James ; Monrad, K. J. Mrs. ; Orwig, Harry ; Richards, James ; Thurston, Gertrude ; Thurston, Helen ; Thurston, Henry ; Wallace, Robert ; Windes, Frank ; Winship, J. C. ; Yorke, Lena
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H. F. Thurston taken by death: former prominent leader in Winnetka succumbs to long illness, well known writer, formerly associated with many magazines