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Thomas ROSE Family History

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Thomas E. Rose of Louisville submitted his nomination to the office of
Probate Judge in April, 1904.  The WESTMORELAND RECORDER on Apr. 19, 1904
says "He served many years as justice of the peace of his township and is a
man highly respected.  He served in the Civil war in the 39th Ohio Infantry.
 He has been an active and effectual worker in the Republican party and would
make a good official.  He has not heretofore held or been a candidate for any
county office."  He won the election in 1904 by a Republican landslide,
taking 2169 votes, to his opponent M. Hasty's 825 votes.
In November, 1904, he bought the "Chapman property", had a farm sale
Saturday, Dec. 3, and took posession Dec. 6, 1904.
On April 8, 1904, he and his wife, Mary Ellen Myers, celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary.  Present were Mr. & Mrs. O.D. Hobbs (niece and nephew)
and Mr. & Mrs W.P. Myers (niece and nephew) of Westmoreland, and Mr. & Mrs.
S.M. Cofelt (niece and nephew) of St. Clere.  A bountiful dinner was served.
 Mr. & Mrs. Rose received as a rememberance from those present a very fine
hand painted chocolate set.
The following was found in the WESTMORELAND RECORDER March 2, 1905:
"Judge T.E. Rose was disturbed in his slumbers the other night and went out
and found a coon perched upon his well curb.  He got his gun to shoot it but
as he saw a chain attached to it he rightly considered it was a pet, and
instead of shooting it he invited it down and put up his hand to assist.  The
ungracious coon did not come down but fastened itself upon his fore finger
and the Judge was compelled to club it many times with his gun to make it let
loose.  His finger was cut so that it bled profusely and Sunday his hand was
badly swollen, but it is about well now.  Miss Mattie Stanley came and
claimed the coon."
The Judge evidently recovered from his wounds, and was able to continue his
duties.  May 27, 1905, he went to Wamego to hear testimony in the Huston
insane case.  "This unfortunate young man had been causing trouble at Belvue
and while those who had known him from childhood disliked to send George to
the asylum it was done in the hope of effecting a cure.  Whisky was the cause
of all of George's troubles.  He was a bright young man an excellent
telegraph operator before his worst enemy made it impossible for him to hold
a situation or respect the wishes of his friends who did all in their power
to reform him.  Friends here and at Belvue hope the care and attention he
will receive in the asylum will accomplish what would have been impossible so
long as he could secure whisky" -- Wamego Agriculturist.
On August 31, 1905 Judge Rose issued a dictum to the effect that druggists
must not sell beer.  This led to several arrests, and determinations as to
what constitutes beer.
In 1906, he announced he was running for his second term as Probate Judge.
 "He is honest and square in conducting the business of his office and is
careful in the transaction of his official duties.  He is an old soldier and
one of the early settlers of the county.  He has many friends over the
county, who will be pleased to see him renominated and reelected.  Mr. Rose's
home is in Louisville township." -- WESTMORELAND RECORDER Apr 26, 1906.   His
opponents were out to get him, but he still had the support of the local
paper.  "The opponents of Judge Rose are telling that he is not a good
penman.  His hand writing does not look like the samples sent out by business
colleges, but it is a fact that he writes a plain hand and there is no
trouble in reading it.  The records of his office are well kept and those who
are best posted about the affairs of the probate judge's office say that it
is kept in good shape.  Remember the old soldier on election day." -
Judge Rose lost the re-election, but the RECORDER said a noteable good-bye.
 "T.E. Rose has filled the office of probate judge for two years and has been
faithful to the trust imposed in him.  He is honest and true and none of the
sacred trusts of that office have suffered during his term.  He is a fine man
and retires with the best wishes of the people generally."

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