Berwick, PA Morning Press
Wednesday, November 21, 1923

Fall Fatal to George Thomas
Aged Beach Haven Man Married Nearly 66 Years Dies of Broken Hip.

George W. Thomas aged 89 years of Beach Haven, a partial invalid for many years died last night at 5:45 o'clock in the Berwick Hospital after suffering for nine weeks with a fractured hip. While dressing nine weeks ago on Monday morning, Mr. Thomas slipped and fell fracturing his right hip. He had been suffering with a sore foot and was resting on the edge of the bed when the accident happened. He was brought to the hospital, but gangerene developed and his condition has since been critical.

On July 17 he celebrated his 89th birthday and his wife celebrated her 85 birthday the same day. On December 17, had be lived, they would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Mr. Thomas had spent all but four years of his married life in Beach Haven and was one of the town's most hightly esteemed residents. He was one of those who helped build the canal that was in operation for many years working with a pick and shovel. The wages then were a dollar a day and every man boarded himself. Later when the D.L. & W. railroad was being built, he worked on the section near Beach Haven. Later, he was a farmer and for about twenty years he followed the carpenter trade. Nine children were born to the couple, of whom six, all boys, survive. They are John W., of Berwick; William H., of Avoca; Benjamin of Ringtown; George W., of Forty Fort; Charles E., of Forty Fort; Furman, of Oregon; and M.L. Thomas, of Berwick. Mrs. Thomas has for several years been an invalid, since suffering an accident similar to that which caused the death of her husband. She sustained a broken hip but in spite of her age made a remarkable recovery and is now able to be around with the aid of a crutch. A brother Riter Thomas, of Boonville, Ark. also survives. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the late home, with Rev. V.D. Naugle officiating. Interment will be made in the Beach Grove Cemetery.

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