James Thornburg

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Thornburg

James H. Thornburg came by car to Roseglen from Plainville, Indiana with his son, Ralph, in May of 1916. His wife, Nan, and his two daughters, Mabel and Lois, came by train, with their household goods, in August of that year.

They lived on their homestead across from the Skeitens until 1921, then they moved their homestead shack to a quarter of land relinquished by the death of Swan Martinson.

Ralph Thornburg died on February 2, 1917, at the age of sixteen, following a severe three-day blizzard. It was so cold that only a few men went to the cemetery. The funeral service was conducted at the house, with the Reverend Fjelsgaard officiating.

James Thornburg was game warden from 1937 through 1938. He passed away in 1948. At the time that the Golden Jubilee book was published, in 1967, Mrs. Thornburg was eighty-seven years old and living in Seattle, where both of her daughters had move after marriage.