Biography of Robert Thompson
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Thompson, Robert, Waddington was born at Brockville, Canada, March 8, 1845. His father, John Thompson, was born in Paisley, Scotland, of Irish parents. In 1833 he emigrated to Brockville, Canada, and in 1846 removed to Dundas county, where be spent the remainder of his days. He was by occupation a farmer. He married in Brockville in 1841, Mary Ross, of Highland Scotch parentage, and they had ten sons, nine of whom are now living: John, George, Edward, Sidney and James, farmers in Dundas county, Canada; Hugh, who resides in Princeton, Cal., and David and William, general merchants in Black River Falls, Wis. John Thompson, father of Robert. died in 1881. Our subject was reared on a farm and received a common school education. Beginning at sixteen years of age as a clerk, he in early life gained a good knowledge of his business. He was at one time clerk for Morris Rosendorff, also Lord & Taylor, of New York. In 1869 he went to California. where he remained one year, afterward coming to Waddington, where he engaged as salesman with the late Robert Dezell, April 1, 1870, and after six months as salesman was admitted as a partner, the firm name being Dezell & Thompson, and continued until the death of Robert Dezell in 1874. At this time Mr. Thompson engaged in business by himself his trade having grown until he now occupies a two story building eighty six feet deep, carrying a stock of about $20,000. In 1890 he became proprietor of the Clark House, and his reputation for hotel keeping has grown rapidly. A Republican in politics, he has served as village president three years and justice of the peace eleven years, being reelected in 1893. He has also been notary public for a number of years, and a warm friend of the soldiers, assisting many of them in receiving pensions. Mr. Thompson married Charlotte J. Parlow, daughter of James and Ann Parlow, of Waddington, in September, 1873, and they have two sons. Raymond W., a graduate of Union Free School, of Waddington, class of '93, and Ross H., both of whom assist their father in his business. Mrs. Thompson died October 18, 1881.

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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