July 28, 1890
THOMAS R. RATHBURN died at his residence on Douglas street in West Ottawa about midnight on Monday after a lingering illness of several months. General debility and inflammation of the bowels caused his death. He was 72 years old and
had resided in Ottawa over thirty years, being employed as a planer in Strawn &Power's mill until about six years ago when he retired. He leaves a wife and six children, Mrs. Clarence Wilson, Ottawa; A. E. Rathburn, Minnesota; Mrs. Thomas Pike, Leon, Kansas; Milford J. and Erastus Rathburn, Streator.