Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. II, p. 1163
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
MARION T. WILSON
Marion T Wilson has been the popular and efficient superintendent of the county infirmary since the 1st of March, 1891, and in this position he has discharged his duties with promptness and fidelity. For nineteen years he has made his home in the Sunflower state, years actively devoted to its upbuilding and improvement. He was born in Fulton county, Indiana, near Rochester, April 2, 1861, a son of Uriah Wilson, a native of Kentucky. The latter followed farming as a life occupation, and of the Baptist church he was an active and worthy member. At his wife’s death she left the following children – Nancy, Jones, Lewis, George, W A, Malinda, Indiana, Joseph M, and Marion T. They also lost three children – Jane, Harriet and Doc, who died in childhood.
Marion T Wilson, the subject of this review, was deprived of a mother’s loving care when he was quite small, and was reared on an Indiana farm, receiving his education in the public schools. However, he has added largely to his knowledge since putting aside his text-books by reading, observation and practical experience. In 1882 he became a resident of the Sunflower state, casting in his lot with the residents of Rice county. He has resided in both Union and Wilson townships, and has ever borne his part in the work of progress and improvement. March 1, 1891, he was made superintendent of the county infirmary, and his duties in this position have been performed with entire satisfaction to all concerned. The farm consists of one hundred and sixty acres of well improved land, and there he is engaged in general farming, raising all kinds of produce and vegetables. The place is also well stocked with good grade of horses, cows and hogs. The farm in under a high state of cultivation and everything about the place is neat and thrifty in appearance. In Rice county, Kansas, in 1887, Mr Wilson was united in marriage to Eliza Lemira Thompson, a lady of intelligence and refinement. She is a daughter of James and Margaret (Fullmer) Thompson. The parents were married in Portage county, Ohio, but subsequently removed to Stark county, that state, where Mrs Wilson was born in 1866. The parents afterward removed to Iowa, locating in Muscatine county, and in 1870 took up their abode in Keokuk county. In 1876 they cast in their lot with the pioneer settlers of Rice county, Kansas, where the father followed agricultural pursuits. He affiliates with the Democratic party. James Thompson and wife had fourteen children, namely: Lodema S, Sarah Almeda, Jacob Oliver, Eliza Lemira, Amanda, Charles Franklin, Cora Celesta, Ida Aldora, John Wesley, Maggie Ann, Eda Iona, Lola Levina, Mattie Pearl and James William. The last named died at the age of four years, and the fifth child, Amanda, died when seven years of age. The mother of this family died in Rice county, Kansas, in May, 1895. She was a loving wife and mother and a true friend, and her loss was deeply mourned. One son, Charlie T, has blessed the home of Mr and Mrs Wilson. He was born February 17, 1898. Mr Wilson is independent in his political views, casting his ballot in support of the men whom he thinks best qualified for office. In his social relations he is connected with Lyons Lodge, No. 167, K.P.