John I. THOMPSON, president of the First National Bank of Lacon, is a representative of a family that has long figured prominently in connection with financial interests in Marshall county, and the record is one of unassailable integrity, eight years Has served as a member of the city council and has also been mayor of Lacon. His official career has been distinguished by unswerving fidelity to the public good and by a stalwart championship of every movement that he deems will prove of direct benefit to the city. His allegiance is given to the democracy, but in local interests where no issue is involved he does not regard partisanship and at all times places the public welfare before personal aggrandizement.
In 1890 Mr. THOMPSON was united in marriage to Miss Maud A. GOODRICH, a representative of one of the old families of this county, and unto them were born two children, John S. and Mildred. The wife and mother died about five years ago, and her death was deeply regretted by reason of her social prominence and her many good qualities of heart and mind, which had endeared her to a large circle of friends. Mr. THOMPSON has attained prominence in Masonry, belonging to Lacon lodge, No. 61, A. F. & A. M., Lacon chapter, No. 123, R. A. M., Peoria commandery, No. 3, K. T., and also to the Mystic Shrine at Peoria. While he entered upon a business already established, many a man of less resolute and courageous spirit would have faltered in carrying it forward and in enlarging its scope. His life record is another indication of the truth that success is not a matter of genius but is the outcome of clear judgment, experience and indefatigable industry.
Extracted June 2011 by Norma Hass from
Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties