The Life of Thomas David Fister
READING EAGLE-APRIL 26, 1915 Persons From Distant Points attend Obsequies of Former Confederate Officer. Kutztown April 26 (Special) The Funeral of Colonel Thomas D. Fister one of the few Confederate officers from the north and well known for his political activities as well as for his good qualities as a citizen, was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock. It was one of the largest ever held in this community. The services in St. John’s Reformed Church were conducted by Rev. George B. Smith, the Pastor. People were present from western points, Philadelphia, Easton, Allentown, Pottstown, Reading, from the south and from local towns. Interment was made in Hope Cemetery. Hundreds of people viewed the remains of the man who was, until his departure for the West three years ago, Kutztown’s oldest male citizen. The remains arrived here from St. Paul, Minn. where the deceased passed away at the home of his daughter, Mary, wife of Rev. James F. Beates, on the 8 a. m. train today. Undertaker J. H. Stump took charge of the body, placing the coffin in St John’s Church, where the remains were viewed. The body was dressed in his own black suit and reposed in a black cloth-covered casket. Members of the Huguenot Lodge, No. 377 F. and A. M. attended in a body and conducted their rites at the grave. the fallowing members of the Lodge served as bearers: Charles D. Herman, Ulrich J. Miller, George A. Schlenker, Milton S. Kuhns, Llewellyn Angstadt and Francis E. Sharadin.