Biography of D. V. Thompson
Lake County, CA Biographies





THOMPSON, D. V. Was born in Missouri, June 28, 1820. When about sixteen years of age he, with his father, made a trip to Florida, where they remained about nine months. On returning to Missouri the subject of this sketch engaged in school teaching, which he followed until 1839. He then spent two years clerking on different steamers plying between St. Louis and St. Joseph. The next year was spent in farming, after which he engaged as clerk in a general merchandise store in St. Joseph, Missouri, which he followed about eighteen months. In 1844 he was elected Sheriff of Buchanan County, Missouri, which office he filled to the full satisfaction of the people. About July 1, 1846, he joined Company "H," Donovan's Regiment, and went to Mexico, where he served as a private for one year. He then returned to Missouri and engaged in merchandising in Holt County until the spring of 1849, when he sold out and crossed the plains to California. He left Missouri May 1, 1849, and arrived at Lassens Ranch October 14th of the above year, making the trip with ox teams. Like all who arrived in the days of '49 he engaged at once in mining, which he followed, in the northern part of this State and in Oregon, until November, 1853, when he sailed via Nicaragua for the land of his birth, where he arrived January 8, 1854. Here he remained until the following spring, when he again crossed the plains, this time bringing a drove of cattle. He arrived in Contra Costa County in September of the above year, where he remained until December, 1856, when he moved to Solano County and located near Vacaville. Here he followed stock raising in connection with farming until November, 1863, when he came to Lake County and located where he now resides, about one half mile south from Upper Lake. Here he owns about two hundred acres of land, and is engaged in farming. Mr. Thompson has held the office of Justice of the Peace for the past eight years. He married, in 'October, 1856, Miss Martha C. Powell, a native of Missouri. Their children are; Bettie, William A., Jeff. L. and Minnie R.


From:
History of Napa and Lake Counties, California
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1881


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