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Calvin Logan Thomas, a rancher, two and a half miles southeast of San Bernardino, was born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, January 5, 1837. His father, E. H. Thomas, was a native of Kentucky, and his mother, Edna (Zinn) Thomas, was born in South Carolina. His parents moved to Jackson County, Missouri, when the subject of this sketch was but four years old. From there the removed to McDonald County, where they remained until 1852, when they crossed the plains by ox team to Oregon. When they got to Utah, however, they found it was too late in the season, so they changed their original plan and came by the southern route to California.
They arrived in San Bernardino County December 25, 1852. Here Mr. Thomas remained, a true and trusted citizen, until his death in 1874. He had a family of seven children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the third. He received a good common-school education, and in 1866 was married to Miss Salome Wells, who was born in Iowa, the daughter of Otho and Salome (Stewart) Wells. Her father was born in Virginia; her mother in Ohio, and they had eight children. Mr. Wells was murdered in Western Texas in 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have four children: Dell, now Mrs. John Black-burn; Adeline, now Mrs. Mason Binkley; Eva and Alzada. Politically Mr. Thomas affiliates with the Democratic Party, and for ten years has faithfully filled the office of deputy assessor. He held this office previous to this, in 1868, and at one time was constable. Socially he is an I. O. O. F., Token Lodge, No. 396, San Bernardino.