BIOGRAPHY - William Hamilton Thompson

WILLIAM HAMILON THOMPSON is prominently connected with the business interests of Melvin, being the senior member of the firm of W. H. & W. E. Thompson, dealers in lumber and farm machinery. He has been a resident of Peach Orchard Township, Ford County, since 1872, and has made his home in Illinois since 1865.

Mr. Thompson claims Ohio as the State of his nativity, his birth occurring in Belmont County, on the 4th of December, 1851. With his parents, he came to Illinois, the family settling in Marshall County, near New Rutland, La Salle County, where he attended the public schools. On attaining to man's estate, in the fall of 1872, he came to Ford County, and, locating in Peach Orchard Township, engaged in farming. He still owns a farm of eighty acres on section 36, but in later years he has given no attention to agricultural pursuits, but has devoted his energies to the lumber business.

An important event in the life of Mr. Thompson occurred on the 23d of September, 1875, when in Paxton he was united in marriage with Miss Ruth Hunt, a daughter of John S. and Jane Hunt. The lady was born in La Salle County, Ill., February 20, 1856, and came to this county with her parents in 1867. Three children grace the union of this worthy couple, a son and two daughters: Zella Ann, Delmer B. and Della.

Mr. Thompson continued to engage in agricultural pursuits until 1876, when he left the farm and embarked in his present business as a dealer in lumber and farm machinery in Melvin, where he has since made his home. He is a straightforward, upright business man and is held in high regard by all who know him. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in his political affiliations he is a stalwart Republican, warmly advocating the principles of that party and laboring for its success and upbuilding. During his residence in Peach Orchard Township, he has held various official positions of honor and trust, having served for one year as Collector, as President of the Village of Melvin for two years, and as United States Census Enumerator for his home district in 1890. Mr. Thompson and his partner have built up an extensive trade in their line, as the result of good management and an earnest desire to please their patrons, and are esteemed among the worthy and reliable business men of Ford County, his entire life since attaining to years of maturity our subject has passed in this community and has thus formed a wide and extensive acquaintance.

Extracted 28 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, page 261.

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