Thomas E Thompson

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THOMAS E. THOMPSON, merchant tailor, and burgess of Dayton, Pa., 1913, is a man widely and favorably known in Armstrong county. He was born in Indiana county, Pa., June 22, 1873, and is a son of William Thompson. His paternal grandfather lived at Apollo, Armstrong county, and was a carpenter by trade, continuing that work until his death. His children were: Mattie, wife of Thomas Parks; Nannie, living in Apollo; Thomas, deceased; Alexander, of Indiana county; and William.

William Thompson, father of Thomas E., was born in Kiskiminetas township, near Spring Church, Armstrong county. He learned the trade of tanner, and became a well-known business man. Later in life he moved to Indiana county, Pa., where he continued his business until two years prior to his death. His remains are interred at the burying ground of the Glade Run Presbyterian Church, Armstrong county, of which he and his wife were members. By his first wife, whose maiden name was Finley, he had one daughter, Maggie (Mrs. Alcorn). His second marriage was to Lavina Clark, daughter of Joseph Clark, and to them were born two children: James C., of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Thomas E.

Thomas E. Thompson was educated in the public schools of his district, and followed farming for five years after leaving school. He then went to Dayton, Pa., with J. T. Smith, a merchant tailor, and during the three years he remained with him learned the tailor's trade thoroughly. For some time after he left Mr. Smith's employ he was employed by different firms at Johnstown and Pittsburgh, gaining in this way a very valuable and extensive experience. In 1897 Mr. Thompson returned to Dayton and embarked in business for himself, since which time he has built up a large trade. The premises occupied by him are in the First National Bank building, and are conveniently fitted up for his purposes.

Fraternally Mr. Thompson is a past grand of Dayton Lodge, No. 738, I. O. O. F., charter member of his encampment, and is also a charter member of the Eagles lodge at Dayton. In politics he is a Republican, and has been very active in the local government, serving as councilman for six years, during which time gas was put into use in the borough. In 1909 he was elected burgess, his term lasting until 1914, during which time many important improvements were introduced in the borough, the most important of which was a bond issue for the construction of a modern waterworks and filtration plant. Mr. Thompson was made treasurer of the Dayton Normal Institute, which office he still holds. He is as yet unmarried.

Source: Page 585, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 1999 by Connie Mateer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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