Biography of Henry M. Thompson
A transcription by Linda M. Thank, Great-granddaughter
of Henry M. Thompson. Transcribed from the publication, HISTORY OF
THE BIG BEND COUNTRY, publication date 1904; seen and read at the
Okanogan County Historical Society genealogical library section, Omak,
Page293, columns 1 & 2 ***note: with spelling and general corrections
"HENRY M. THOMPSON
has gained a success in Lincoln county in which he may well take pride.
He landed here on March 15, 1889, and settled on a homestead three miles
west from Wilbur. He went to work with a will and was soon in shape
to buy more land. He continued purchasing until he owned a section
and one-half all brought to a high state of cultivation and valuable in
producing excellent crops. Mr. Thompson continued in charge of his
farm until 1902 when he sold the same for twenty-two thousand dollars.
He also left considerable land in other portions of the country.
In addition to handling his other estates and business he is also the principle
owner of the Almira Brick & Building Company and one of the leading
business men of the country. It is extremely interesting to note
that when Mr. Thompson came to this country, his total cash capital was
fifteen dollars. His possessions now are among the largest of any
in this favored section.
"Henry M. Thompson was born in Ohio, on May 25, 1862, being the son of JOHN W. and ANNE S. (DARK) THOMPSON, natives of New Jersey and Wiltshire, England, respectively. The father came to Ohio when young and became one of the leading men of that state. The mother crossed from England to America with her mother when a child and settled in Ohio. The public schools of Missouri contributed the educational training of our subject, the parents having moved there when he was a child. When ten years of age he was called to mourn the death of his father and on account of that his adventures for securing an extensive education were cut short. Dutiful and faithful, he remained with his mother, assisting to handle the estate until 1880 when he went to Kansas and again worked for wages in the construction department of the railroad. He was very soon promoted to be superintendent of the same but later returned to Missouri. In 1883, we find him in California and the same year he journeyed to Spokane and then located at Deep Creek, Washington. That was his home until 1889, the year in which he came to Lincoln county.
"In 1885, Mr. Thompson married Miss ANNA C., daughter of ELY C. and MARY K. (SCRUGGS) JOHNSON. The father was born in Kentucky, where he became a prominent and worthy stockman. The mother was born in Tennessee. Her father was a rich planter and land owner of that country (ALLEN FRANKLIN SCRUGGS).
To Mr. & Mrs. Thompson the following named children have been born GRACE I., MARY E., A. RAYMOND, BLANCHE E., and FLOYD A. Mr. Thompson has the following brothers and sisters, ALFRED JAMES, HARLEY DARK, Mrs. AMY JANE (THOMAS MORGAN) SMITH, Mrs. ALICE (JOHN R.) HILL, and Mrs. NELLIE (JOHN A.) FANCHER. Mrs. Thompson is a talented and accomplished lady. She was born in Missouri where she received a fine education. Mr. Thompson is a man of excellent executive ability, a good practical judgement, and sterling worth. He is reasonably active in politics and for two years was county commissioner of Lincoln county."
Page 156, column 2: facts of Almira:
"1902, April, while attempt to incorporate Almira failed in a public vote, H. M. Thompson was elected a councilman.
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