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." - WESTMORELAND RECORDER Nov. 1, 1906. 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."