Found in an old book of newspaper clippings-Date unknown
THORNTON F. DAY
Another of the old pioneers has passed away. On Tuesday of last week, at half past three p.m., Thornton F. Day, full of years and honors, the last not all of this world, passed quietly to his reward. Mr. Day had been feeble for a number of years, but in pleasant weather he was frequently on the streets until the last few months. He was not out of the house after Nov. 16 last. Jan. 13th he had a severe attack of sciatic rheumatism and took to his bed, from which he never after arose. All that medical skill and tender love could suggest was done for him, but with no avail. He gradually grew worse until the end came, as noted above.
Mr. Day was born near Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 29, 1813. Here he grew to manhood and learned the carpenter's trade as an apprentice, as was the custom in the olden time.
Jan. 22, 1837, he married Miss Mary J. Chapman. The fruits of this union were five children, only one of whom, Randall Day, of Terre Haute, is living. Mrs. Day died Dec. 7, 1851, and Nov. 16, 1854 he married Mrs. Cynthia A. Catron. Allie, now Mrs. C.E. Gorham, is the only child of this marriage. Mrs Catron had two children when she married Mr. Day, only one of whom, John Catron, Allegheny, Pa, is living. John came to the funeral, in testimony of his love and reverence for Mr. Day, "for", said he, "I could do no less. He was as kind to me as an own father could have been."
In June, 1841, Mr. Day came with his family to Marshall and soon after bought the lot which has ever since been his home.
He worked at his trade from the first and there are very few of the older buildings in Marshall that have not about them the marks of his hatchet and saw.
In 1880 his second wife died, and from that time on he made his home with his daughter, Allie, and her husband, C.E. Gorham, who occupied his old home as their residence.
At the age of fourteen he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and even at that early age he became an efficient worker in the Master's cause. He might almost be said to be the father of the M.E. church in Marshall, for it was mainly through his efforts that the first meeting-house of that denomination was built in this city.
Mr Day filled several minor offices of trust, having been collector, assessor and highway commissioner, but, as intimated above, his honors were not all of this world. He was a man of a warm, kindly heart, and though not blessed with large means, there are many poor and needy ones that bless his memory for the good deeds he has done. His faith in his Savior was unwavering, and after bearing with Christian fortitude the sufferings of his last painful illness, he went rejoicing to His presence.
The funeral was held at the family residence Thursday at Two o'clock p.m., Rev. Smith, of the Congregational church, in charge. Although the day was very cold, a large number of his fellow citizens showed their respect for his memory by attending the services. The remains were buried in the Marshall Cemetery.
Besides his two children, Randall and Allie, Mr. Day leaves twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Most of these were at the funeral.