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Thompson - Taylor

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana.  Indianapolis: A W  Bowen, 1913, P 1110

Many elements contribute to the development of a new country,  but no one thing plays so large as sterling worth and character.   It is to the rugged, steadfast men and women who come into its  domain that the new land must look, and it is most often the  plain, blunt men of business and everyday affairs who most affect  a new country's history.  Among the families of Montgomery County  who have contributed their share of influence and labor toward  its development is the Thompsons, members of which family came  here in an early day, and throughout the years passed since then  they have played an important part in the affairs of the  community of their residence during the most momentous period of  this locality's development, and one of the best known of the  family of the present generation was Taylor Thompson of  Crawfordsville, the secret of whose popularity lay in the fact  that he was always allied with those things which tended toward  the advancement and betterment of his native county.  While a  careful and straightforward business man, he was never a dollar  worshipper or permitted the lust of greed to eradicate his higher  ideals, believing that life held much of greater value than mere  wealth of estate.  

Mr. Thompson was born on December 31, 1854, in  Ripley Township, Montgomery County.  He was a son of William and  Margaret (Mumfort) Thompson.  They were both natives of Ohio,  from which state they came to Montgomery County, Indiana, when  children, and here they grew to maturity and were married.   William Thompson learned the carpenter's trade when a young man,  which he continued to follow in connection with farming in this  county.  His earlier life was spent in Ripley Township, and his  later days in Crawfordsville, in which city his widow is still  living, he having passed to his eternal rest on March 10, 1890.   He and his wife had only two children--Taylor, of this review:  and Anna, who married A. E. Livengood, he being now deceased; she  was born in 1864, and is living in Crawfordsville.  William  Thompson was a Democrat and was more or less active in public  affairs.  He was a trustee of Ripley Township for a period of  four years.  He was a member of the Horse Thief Detective  Association.  Taylor Thompson grew to manhood, on the home farm  in Ripley Township, and there assisted with the general work when  a boy, and received his education in the common schools;   however, his education was limited and had to be made up in  after life by miscellaneous home reading, but this and close  observation and actual contact with the world, supplied well the  deficiency.  

Mr. Thompson was twice married, first, on November  25, 1874, to Ida M. Sidle, who was born May 28, 1854, in this  county, a daughter of Joseph and Matilda (Taylor) Sidle.  Her  death occurred on February 20,  1906, leaving three children, one  having died, namely:  Cora, who married George F. Anselm, was  born on August 12, 1876;  they live in Indianapolis and they have  one child, Elizabeth, born September 3, 1910;  William Lee, born  November 24, 1880, married Catherine Holmes, and they live in  Indianapolis; they have one child, William Holmes Thompson, born  June 30, 1905; Harry died in infancy.  Mr. Thompson was married a  second time on November 15, 1911, his last wife being Catherine  Kelley, who was born in Fountain County, Indiana, in 1863, and  she grew to womanhood and was educated in her native community.   She is a daughter of John and Catherine (Down) Kelley.  Mr.  Thompson made his start in life on the farm, carrying on a  general farming business with success until March 3, 1893, when  he retired from active agricultural pursuits and moved to  Crawfordsville, where he entered business.  After coming here he  became active in politics and held the position of bailiff of the  court here for the past sixteen years.  He was connected with the  Democratic County Committee since 1888, and his influence and  counsel contributed much to the success of the party here.   Shortly before his death he was in the race for postmaster at  Crawfordsville, and, owing to his general popularity and peculiar  fitness, his appointment was regarded by his friends as most  probable, seventeen hundred representative voters of  Crawfordsville having endorsed his candidacy.  Mr. Thompson owned  a substantial residence in Crawfordsville, also several valuable  pieces of property in the same section of the city.  On May 6,  1913, Mr. Thompson was called to his Maker, at the age of  fifty-eight years.  The Crawfordsville Journal, of May 7, speaks  briefly:  "Taylor, as he was known by hundreds of personal  friends, has been a leader in Democratic politics for the past  fifteen years.  He was County Chairman at one time several years  ago, and since that time has had more to do with the success of  his party than any other man in it.  His active Political career  and his work as court bailiff gave him a wider acquaintance  perhaps than any man in Montgomery County.  He knew everybody in  the county.  He was an excellent judge of human nature, and few  men were able to run the gauntlet of his inspection without being  accurately weighed."
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