Biography of George Haden Thompson
GEORGE HADEN THOMPSON is a thoroughgoing, wide-awake citizen of Shannon County, Missouri, and no doubt inherits much of his industry and perseverance from his Scotch ancestors. His parents were Robert and Susan (Carson) Thompson. Before reaching his twenty-first year Robert Thompson came to America and located in Canada. Previous to leaving Scotland he had married Miss Carson, and after residing in Canada for a time he moved to the Empire State where he and his worthy companion passed the remainder of their days. Mr. Thompson dying at the age of seventy years. Farming had been his principal occupation and he had been fairly successful in it. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church, and he was a Republican in politics.
George Haden Thompson, the second child born to the above mentioned couple, is a native of the Empire State, born in Monroe County, February 24, 1849. He attended the schools of his native State and when eighteen years of age began learning the blacksmith’s trade, serving an apprentice-ship of six years in his native county. After following his trade for a time he went to the oil regions and worked at different occupations for a while. From there he went to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, and in 1881 he came to south Missouri, where he was engaged in lumbering and mining for some time. After this he followed his trade near Mill Springs and remained there until 1886, when he went to Sargent, this State. Later he moved to Howell County, and in about 1888 he came to Shannon County, and for a year and a half was in the mill business. He then branched out in business for himself, and in 1892 started a fruit farm and has 2,500 apple, peach and pear trees, and general varieties of fruit. The city limits takes in a portion of his farm and he will soon have 100 acres. Mr. Thompson was married in Ironton, Missouri, in 1885, to Miss Emma Sopper, daughter of Dr. C. F. Sopper, of Mill Springs, and one child, Annie, has been born to this union. Mr. Thompson is a member of the A. O. U. W., is foreman of the lodge, and in politics is a Republican.