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Benton County, Iowa ~ Biography and Family Information


Source:  History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, Minnesota
  Volume II.
By John A. Brown, Editor-in-Chief.
B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, IN. 1916.
Pages 57-58.
Photography is one of the newer arts of mankind. Since the days of our grandfathers, when the tintype was the only kind of likeness there has been great progress in this field of science. A highly skilled photographer may be found at Windom, Cottonwood county, in the person of Jesse O. Thompson, who keeps well abreast of the times in his chosen vocation.

Mr. Thompson was born in Benton county, Iowa, April 22, 1880. He is a son of John and Elizabeth Thompson, natives of Ohio, and Iowa, respectively. The father, when young, came to Benton county, Iowa, with his parents, William Thompson and wife, and he has since resided there, being a farmer by occupation. His family consists of nine children, namely: Jesse O., Walter, Nettie, Merl, Roy, Harry, Myrtle, Oren and Erma (deceased).

Jesse O. Thompson grew up on the home farm in Benton county, Iowa, and there received his education in the public schools and, when a boy, began studying photography at Sioux City, where he remained four years. He came to Windom, Minnesota, in 1904, where he has since been engaged in business, maintaining a popular studio.

Mr. Thompson was married September 20, 1904, to Clarabell Bortle, of Sioux City, Iowa. To this union two children have been born, Lucile Elizabeth and Bernice.

Politically, Mr. Thompson is a Republican. He is at present a member of the city council. He was chief of the local fire department for seven years, doing his work most effectively and commendably. Fraternally, he belongs to Prudence Lodge No. 97, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, also the chapter at Windom. He belongs to Lodge No. 108, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Arcanum.

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