One of the real pioneers of Utah and a citizen who has done much for his native place is Ezra Thompson, who was
born in Salt Lake City, on July 17, 1850. His father was Ezra Thompson, a millwright in humble circumstances, and
his mother was Lois Trumbull Thompson. Young Thompson passed his early boyhood in his native town, attending public
school in winter and in summer herding and working at anything he could find, whereby he could contribute to the
support of the household. Ezra was a strong, athletic boy, very fond of manly sports, and was a great baseball
player in his youth. Being naturally inclined to outdoor pursuits, he adopted the vocation of a freighter, a very
lucrative one in those days. From freighting supplies he drifted into mining, at which he made his fortune His
principal field of operations was the Park City District, where he resided for fifteen years and became connected
with some of the greatest mines in that productive district. Among his experiences was a heavy and protracted law
suit with the owners of the Silver King. He made a hard fight, but, the decision going against him, he accepted
it like the strong man that he is, and has never cherished any animosity over the result. On February 14, 1884,
Mr. Thompson was married to Miss Emily Pugsley, daughter of Philip Pugsley, a well known manufacturer and mining
man, since deceased. They are the parents of four children; namely, Lynn H., Norinne, Ezra P., and Clyde R. Thompson.
The family resides in a beautiful residence on East South Temple Street, the fashionable residence quarter of the
city. Mt. Thompson served two terms in the city council of Park City, and was for two terms mayor of Salt Lake
City, a position he filled with honor, dignity and great executive ability. He was first elected in 1899, and served
until 1904. He was reelected by the American party, of which he is a member. Since returning to private life, Mr.
Thompson has devoted himself to his mining interests, real estate holdings, and other business affairs, which occupy
his time fully. He is a lover of good horses, and personally very popular and of a charitable and kindly nature.
Mr. Thompson is president of the Idaho Gold Mining and Milling Company, and president of the Cardiff Mining and
Milling Company, both very productive and valuable mining properties. He is a member of the Alta Club and Commercial
Club of Salt Lake City.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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