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."