Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 10:12:12 :
Thursday, January 16, 1941
Heart Attack Fatal To Thomas Elliott At Brawley, Calif.
Thomas Elliott, who started his career as a boy in San Rafael with the old Wells Fargo Express Company, and continued with the American Railway Express, died suddenly last Tuesday in a hospital at Brawley, California.
At the time of his passing he was traveling dispatch agent for the express co., covering the entire Southern section, his duties being to supervise shipment of produce.
Death was due to an attack of flu, which he contracted about two weeks before his death. He left the hospital at Brawley on Monday of this week, and resumed his work with the company. He suffered a heart attack, was returned to the hospital where he died the next day.
Announcement of his death came with a shock to his wife, Mrs. Helen Elliott, who was at their home in Glendale, and to relatives and friends here where Mr. Elliott spent his boyhood days.
He was a brother of colonel William Elliott, of San Francisco, and Nelson Elliott, of San Rafael, and of the late Mrs. Margaret Coit, and the late Pieree Elliott, of Sausalito.
Funeral arrangements are pending word from his widow.
Thomas Elliott came to San Rafael, when he was four years of age, with his parents, the late William and Margaret Elliott. The family came to Marin County from Canada, where all the children were born.
Tom advanced rapidly in the public schools of San Rafael. He was always interested in the Express business, and when his school days were over took a delivery job with Wells Fargo, while the late Fred Miller was agent.
Young Elliott took over the management of the local office for a short time when Miller was transferred to San Francisco. When a new agent was appointed, Elliott took up new duties as traveling dispatch agent, covering the entire northern section of the state. But he was soon sent south for similar but more advanced duties and has remained there since. He was 68 years of age.
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