THOMPSON, Charles Norris
Charles Norris THOMPSON, deceased, was one
of the best known and most highly esteemed of the young men of
Few men had a brighter future before them than did the subject of this sketch. From his youth he took an interest in the business carried on by his father and in the office made himself generally useful. Before attaining his majority he was made a member of the firm, and the business was carried on under the name of J. S. Thompson & Son, and later, when his brother, John I. THOMPSON, was admitted to the firm, it went under the name of J. S. Thompson & Sons, Investment Bankers. (For an account of the remarkable success of this firm and its system of doing business see sketch of J. S. THOMPSON.) In this business he showed great aptitude and became thoroughly proficient in every department. His judgment of men was good, and he was ever considerate of others. In 1885, while but twenty years of age, he was elected assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Lacon, a position he held until the time of his death, the duties of which he discharged faithfully and well, to the entire satisfaction of the directors of the bank and its patrons.
On the 8th of October, 1885, Mr. THOMPSON
was united in marriage with Miss Ada BURNS, daughter of Judge
John BURNS of
For four long weary years Mr. THOMPSON was an invalid. Three years of this time he was almost daily consumed with a burning fever, yet it is said that he never complained.
E had promise of a bright future in life and was anxious to live, to care for and to be a comfort to his loved ones. Yet, when it was evident that he must give up this world he nobly and quietly yielded to the Divine will. The last few months he dwelt much on the world to come. His Christian experience was bright and clear and full of hope and joy. A short time before his death when his friends were bending anxiously over him to catch every gesture, word and look, before he passed to the Great Beyond, his face lighted up with a radiant, heavenly smile, and pointing upward he exclaimed in a clear voice: “O! see the brightness.” His father did not look, and with his own hand he turned his father’s face upward and said: “Look quick.” Who can say that the heavenly spirits were not awaiting his coming?
No greater tribute could be paid him than
this – aside from the sorrow his illness caused, he never gave
his parents one hour of sorrow. Though dying far from home, his
sweet, gentle ways drew to him many loving friends, who, with
flowers, loving words and deeds comforted him and his beloved
ones in the last days as if they were old-time friends. Among
these pleasures were the letters of a number of little Indians
from the Indian
A few days before his death he said to his father: “I am sorry for you and all our loved ones. You will have to toil and be anxious about many things, while I will be happy all the time, and be with mother. She has been waiting for me twenty years.” Another time he said in broken words: “It is harder for you than of me.” At another time: “Father, have the preacher tell all the boys to be sure and meet me in heaven. I love them all; yes, I love every one.” Truly, it may be said Charlie THOMPSON loved every one and had not an enemy in the world. His last message to his brother Jon I., and sisters Jennie and Emma Mai, were: “To be good and do good,” and later, to emphasize it, he said: “Set it down, lest a mistake be made.” Truly, he stuck the keynote when he said in substance: “Become good that you may do good.”
Far from his loved home, in the city of
The circle of friends of Mr. THOMPSON was
not confined to his
The Knights of Pythias and Masonic orders were largely represented and the beautiful Masonic burial service took place in its most impressive and perfect manner. Such a life is a benediction to all who come in contact with it, and will bear precious seed for many years.
Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.