Biographies & Obituaries

Biographies and Obituaries contain close to the same information, they are presented together here and arranged according to surnames.

THOROUGHMAN, Thomas H., pioneer (1832-Dec. 24, 1896). Thoroughman studied law and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1858, being appointed city attorney of St. Joseph and then being elected circuit attorney. He was commissioned in the Confederate forces in 1862 with rank of colonel. In 1863 he was captured, imprisoned at Quincy, Illinois, then paroled, when he went to Montana, forming a law partnership with Alex C. Davis at Virginia City. The firm later relocated at Helena. Thoroughman was commissioned a Brigadier General in the Montana Militia by acting governor Thomas Francis Meagher in 1867, but after Meagher's death was demoted to colonel by Governor Green Clay Smith; his principal responsibility was the Gallatin Valley, although there was no fighting against Indians. In 1870 Thoroughman went to St. Louis where he practiced law until his death. He was married twice; the first marriage was before he went to Montana and by it he fathered three daughters. He married again at Virginia City and fathered five children, including two sons.
~Source: "Meagher County News, Jan. 16, 1897", White Sulphur Springs, Montana

TOOLEY, Clarence Phillip, merchant and statesman of Two Dot, Mont., was born Aug. 31, 1874, in Evanston, Wyo. In 1905-09 he was a member of the Montana state senate for Meagher county. ~Source: "Herringshaw's American Blue-book of Biography", by American Publishers' Association, 1914

TOOLEY, Clarence Philip, merchang, legislator, was born Aug. 31, 1874, in Evanston, Wyo. He was educated in the public and private schools of Baldwinsville, N.Y. He is now a successful merchant of Two Dot, Mont.; and prominently identified with the business and public affairs of his city, county and state. He was a representative in the eighth general assembly of the Montana state legislature; and was a member on several important committees. He is now a member of the Montana state senate for Meagher county for the term of 1905-09; and resides in Two Dot, Mont. ~Source: "Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography", edited by Thomas William Herringshaw, 1914