Robert Thompson, Sr., retired, is a representative and highly esteemed citizen of Waddington, where he engaged
in business for a period of 58 years. He was born at Brockville, Ont., March 8, 1845, the son of John and Mary
John Thompson was a native of Scotland and his wife was born in Ireland. He settled in Canada in 1836 and later
purchased a farm near Matilda, Ont., where he died in 1881. His wife died in 1890. Both are buried at Matilda.
Their children were: 1. John, who died in 1880. 2. Robert, the subject of this sketch. 3. William J., who died
in 1913. 4. Hugh, lives in California. 5. George, who died in 1930. 6. David, who died in 1908. 7. Sidney, lives
at Matilda. 8. James, who died in 1929. 9. Edward, lives at Dixon Corners, Ont.
The boyhood of Robert Thompson was spent at Matilda, where he remained until he was 15 years of age. From 1861
until 1865 he was employed as a drug clerk at Iroquois, Ont., and the following year he was located in New York
City as a clerk in the dry goods store of Morris Rosendorff. Later he returned to Iroquois, but in 1869 went to
Iowa. Subsequently he went to San Francisco, and after a year returned to Matilda. Mr. Thompson came to Waddington
in February, 1870, and in that year became a member of the firm of Dezell & Thompson, dry goods merchants.
The partnership continued until 1874, when Mr. Dezell died. Mr. Thompson immediately opened a store of his own
and was successfully identified with this enterprise until his retirement on July 1, 1928. He then disposed of
his interests to his grandson, Robert Thompson, III, who is a member of the firm of Thompson & Son.
Mr. Thompson was married (first) in September, 1873, to Miss Charlotte J. Parlow, of Waddington, the daughter of
James and Agnes (Bradley) Parlow, the former a native of Canada and the latter of England. Charlotte (Day) Parlow
Thompson died in October, 1881, leaving two sons: 1. Ross H., born in 1876, lives at Waddington. He married Miss
Kate Scott, and they have three children: Mary, Catherine and Agnes. He is a veteran of the Spanish-American War,
having served as a member of Company K, 43rd New York Volunteer Infantry. 2. Raymond W., born in February, 1878,
lives at Waddington, where he is associated with the firm of Thompson & Company. He married Miss May B. French,
of Canton, N. Y., and they have three children: Robert, Jr., Raymond W., and Emily.
Mr. Thompson was married (second) April 24, 1894, to Miss Charlotte Clark, of Knowlesville, N. Y.
Mr. Thompson is a Republican and has served as justice of the peace for 30 years. He also held the offices of mayor
and village clerk. He has been a prominent member of St. Paul's Church for many years.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932