GEORGE THOMPSON, contractor and builder at Bloomington, has his business office at No. 601 East North street, and in his particular department is considered one of the skilled artisans of this section. Mr. T. was born in Cannonsburg, Pa., Nov. 1, 1854, and is the son of Thomas and Dorothy (Maudlin) Thompson, natives of England, where they were reared and married, the latter event occurring about 1840, and came to America some nine years later. They settled at once in Cannonsburg, where Thomas Thompson engaged in mining, at which he is employed at the present time. Of the parental family there are four children living: Robert M. is operating a brickyard at Houstonville, Pa.; Joseph L., of Kansas City, is engaged as a contractor and builder; Mary, Mrs. Camp, lives in Cannonsburg, and George is our subject.

Mr. Thompson remained under the parental roof until he was eighteen years of age and received a practical education. After leaving home he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner and worked one year in his native State. In the fall of 1878 he came to Illinois and settled at Bloomington, where he worked at his trade five years, in the meantime associating himself with a partner, and under the firm name of Zeigler & Thompson, they engaged as contractors and builders, operating together for four years, since which time Mr. T. has carried on business alone. In this he is very successful, and gives employment to three men besides himself.

Our subject purchased his present attractive residence in 1885, having been married on the 1st of January, that year, to Miss Mettie J. Dustin, the daughter of Clement and Maryette (Lasher) Dustin. Mrs. T. was born in Leavenworth, Kan., in 1868. Her parents were natives of Vermont and Ohio respectively, and were married at Janesville, Wis., but are now living at Leavenworth, Kan. Their family consisted of six children, four of whom are living: Edward C, of Leavenworth, Kan., engaged in commission business; Elmer E., an express agent at the same place; Mettie J., Mrs. Thompson, and Emily C., of Leavenworth. Mr. Dustin moved from Wisconsin to Kansas in 1856, and is now retired from active business.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 628. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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