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Thomas A. Thompson


Posted By: Peter Gausmann (email)
Date: 2/7/2010 at 07:26:27


Thomas A. Thompson, residing on section 29, Center township, is one of the substantial farmers of Winnebago county, now owning and operating a valuable tract of two hundred and twenty acres. He was born in Norway on the 3d of May, 1857, a son of Thor and Elizabeth (Anderson) Albertson, who were also natives of Norway. In 1862 the family came to America and located in Danecounty, Wisconsin, where the father engaged in farming for about three years, and then came to Winnebago county, Iowa. He purchased land in Center township, a part of which is now owned by his son Thomas, and at once began to clear and improve his place, converting it into a very desirable farm, on which he spent the remainder of his life. He died on the 1st of July, 1896, and his wife passed away in May, 1907.

Mr Thompson, of this review, was only five years of age on the emigration of the family to America and his boyhood and youth were mainly passed in Winnebago county, where he attended the district schools in the acquirement of an education. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-one years of age and later purchased one hundred and forty acres of the home farm on section 9, Center township, whereon he has since resided, following farming and stock raising with goad results. He is now the owner of two hundred and twenty acres of very productive land, improved with good and substantial buildings, and the neat and thrifty appearance of his place plainly indicate his enterprise and good business ability. He raises pure bred Hereford cattle and is a stockholder in the Farmersí Elevator Company, the Lake Mills Creamery Company and the Lake Mills Lumber Company, all of Lake Mills, and the Farmers Elevator Company of Leland and the Leland Creamery Company.

In July 1895 Mr Thompson married Miss Annie Haugland, a daughter of R. O. and Signa (Sunderland) Haugland, a sketch of whom appears on another page of this volume. To this union were born eleven children of whom Cornelia died in infancy and Conrad died at the age of two years. Those living are Russell, Selma, Kilman, Olga, Agnes, Arthur, Walter, Alpha and Leonard. The family are identified with the United Lutheran church and are people of prominence in the community where they reside. In politics Mr. Thompson is a democrat.

Source: History of Winnebago County and Hancock County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, Vol. II. Pioneer Publishing Company (Chicago), 1917. pp. 183-184.


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