Pages 765-766, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ENOCH T. THOMPSON, a well known and highly esteemed resident of Toronto, who is now engaged in the furniture business, was born in Madison County, Ohio, on the 13th of May, 1836. His father, Daniel Thompson, was born in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, and there spent the days of his boyhood and youth. His father was John Thompson who with his family removed to Madison County, Ohio, in the year 1812. The father of our subject was then single. He made a sash for the first glass window used in London, Madison County, and was an active factor in business there for many years. His death occurred in 1873 when he was sevety-nine[sic] years of age. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Dorothy Thomas, was a daughter of Enoch Thomas, who removed from Virginia to Ohio and there he spent his remaining days, passing away in 1849. The mother of our subject survived her husband seven years and died in 1880. Their children were: Elizabeth, the deceased wife of Daniel Freeman, who at her death left one son, J. C. Freeman, James, who died in 1878; Sarah, the deceased wife of Edward Stutson; Charlotte, the widow of E. W. Ogilvie; Dorothy, the deceased wife of Uriah Wilbur; Enoch T., of this review: and Mrs. Eliza Taggart, whose husband is deceased and who resides in Topeka, Kas.

Enoch T. Thompson was reared on his father's farm and aided in the development of the fields and in the operation of a saw mill. He also worked at the carpenter's trade, displaying considerable mechanical ingenuity in the use of tools. As a companion and helpmate on life's journey he chose Miss Mary C. Settle and his choice was ratified by marriage on the 26th of December, 1861. The lady was a daughter of Meredith Settle who removed from Virginia to Ohio. In the year 1876 Mr. Thompson left his home in the Buckeye state and took up his abode in Allen County, Kansas. Since the fall of 1880 he has made his home in Woodson County, first locating three miles north of Toronto where he was engaged in farming for three years. He then removed to the city where he worked at the carpenter's trade until 1886, since which time he has been engaged in the furniture business, as the successor of Martin Lockaid. He carries a large and well selected stock of furniture and undertaker's goods to meet the varying tastes of his patrons. His business policy is one which awakens the commendation and confidence of all, and his reasonable prices, his uniform courtesy and his fair dealing have


won him a very large patronage, and he is now enjoying a gratifying success. He is also interested in the Toronto Gas & Mining Company.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson has been blessed with three children: Viola, the eldest, is now the wife of Rev. N. L. Vezie, of Iola. James married Miss Clara Baker and Edward married Miss Elsie Sample. The mother of this family died in 1884, and in 1886, Mr. Thompson again married, his second union being with Mary C. Heagy, a daughter of Charles Starratt. By the second marriage there are two children: E. Gertrude and John.

At the time of the Civil war Mr. Thompson manifested his loyalty to the Union by enlisting in February, 1865, when 27 years of age, becoming a member of Company C, One Hundred and Ninety-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He saw service in the Shenandoah valley where he was located with his regiment at the time of General Lee's surrender. On the 27th of August, 1865, he received an honorable discharge and returned to his home. He cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln and has since been a stalwart advocate of the Republican principles, but he has never been an aspirant for political office, giving his time and attention to his business affairs whereby he has advanced steadily on the road to prosperity.

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