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b. 08 Sep 1814 -- d. 19 Sep 1892

The Late John Thompson.
The funeral of John Thompson occurred at his late residence near Grouse Corners, Wednesday, Sept. 21st, '92, Rev. N. M. Stokes, of Asbury church, Chicago, officiating.
The friends and neighbors who gathered to pay the last sad rites to the deceased bore testimony of the esteem in which he was held; not only by their presence but by a beautiful floral offering.
The four remaining male representatives of a large family, two sons and two grandsons of deceased, bore the remains to their final resting place in Sugar Grove Cemetery.
John Thompson was born in Grafton, Windham County, Vt., Sept. 8th, 1814. January 3d, 1839, he married Julia A. Collson, who preceded him to the other shore one year and fifteen days. They with their oldest surviving son, on Sept. 3d, 1845, started from the green mountain state to make their home in Illinois, arriving at Chicago, Sept. 20th. The following March they moved upon the farm where they both died. Every shrub and tree upon this farm Mr. Thompson's hand helped to plant and every building, save one, he helped to build.
Deceased was the last of a family of six boys and one girl. Five of them were among the pioneer who settled about Grouse Corners. Mr. Thompson voted for every Republican president. His townsmen honored him by re-elections to the office of highway commissioner, assessor, collector and justice of the peace, which latter office he held 25 years and then declined re-election on account of declining years.
He leaves two sons to mourn his loss E. W. Thompson, of this city, and B. H. Thompson, who resides upon the homestead.

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b. 20 Mar 1815 --- d. 04 Sep 1891

A great many friends attended the funeral of Mrs. John Thompson, last Sunday.

OBITUARY. Julia Colson Thompson was born in Dorset, Vt., in the year 1815. Jan. 3. 1839 she was married to John Thompson, of Grafton, Vt.
Sept. 3d, 1845, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson removed from their home in Vermont to the west, and settled where they have since resided, in Sugar Grove township. Mrs. Thompson leaves two sons and their families, who, with the dear old father, are left to mourn. Mrs. Thompson had been helpless from a stroke of paralysis, a little over four months. She was an earnest Christian, and a sympathetic friend, and yet we must all feel that our loss is her eternal gain.
Jan. 3, 1889, the many relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson assembled upon the occasion of their golden wedding, to do them honor, and on Sunday last while Mrs. Thompson's funeral services were being held in the same home, many minds reverted to that occasion. Mrs. Thompson died Friday, Sept. 4, and was buried, Sunday, Sept 6th, services being held at 2 o'clock p. m., and from the home of the deceased, from whence she was laid to rest by the side of her children in the beautiful Sugar Grove cemetery.
Rev. E. S. Holm gave a very touching and appropriate address. The music by Mr. Spangler and wife, Dr. Hardy and Mrs. Holm, with Myrta Hunt as organist, was beautifully rendered, and the selections were fine and touchingly appropriate. The flowers were beautiful tokens of love, and were many and handsomely arranged.


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b.18 Mar 1812 --- d. 05 Oct 1892


Had Been Resident of Kane County Seventy Years - Native of Vermont.

The death of Mrs. Tryphena Thompson of Galena street, probably the oldest woman resident of this locality, and well known among a large portion of the community, occurred this morning at six o'clock. Mrs. Thompson was in her ninety-seventh year and death came as a result of general debility.
Deceased was born in Peru, Vt., March 18, 1812, and, for more than seventy years had lived in and about Sugar Grove, Kaneville and Aurora. She lived in Aurora for twenty-five years her home being at 67 ½ Galena street. She was the widow of the late J. Holmes Thompson, a retired farmer, whose death occurred in 1891.
She is survived by but few relatives in this part of the country, among them being her nephews, B. H. and E. W. Thompson, and a grandson, Lewis H. Rice. A number of nephews and nieces reside in the east.
Mrs.Thompson was a woman of remarkable strength of character, and until recently her unusual vitality was shown by great physical activity: She was prominent in all affairs in the First Baptist church.
The funeral will be held from her late home Wednesday morning at ten o'clock. Interment at Kaneville. It is requested that all floral tributes be omitted.

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b. 07 Jun 1845 --- d. 12 Apr 1928

Former City Commissioner and Builder of Golf Course Victim of Kidney Disease,
Edwin W. Thompson, 82, founder of the Thompson Transfer & Storage company, and for six years a city commissioner, died at St. Charles hospital, at 7 o'clock last night. He became ill the latter part of last week, his condition becoming acute Sunday. He was removed to the hospital Sunday afternoon and became steadily worse until. his death last night. He was afflicted with kidney disease.
In spite of his age, Mr. Thompson , was active both mentally and physically until taken ill. Within the last few weeks he headed a movement to bring about a vote of the people on a proposition for a district park plan, a question in which he took a deep interest.
With his election as a city commissioner in 1921, Mr. Thompson was appointed the first commissioner of parks and public property under the commission form of government which went into effect in Aurora at that time. Two years later he was re-elected to the same office to serve for four years. He again made a creditable run for the office last year.

Founder of Golf Course.
Mr. Thompson was intensely interested in his work as park commissioner, and was instrumental in bringing the parks to a high state of efficiency. It was under his administration that the municipal golf course was built at Phillips park.
As city commissioner, Mr. Thompson took an active part in the movement for a park system here in 1922. He envisioned a system of parks and drives thruout the township, with the beautification of the river banks and various wooded areas. The proposition was voted down, and he again took it up this spring in an effort to have it again placed before the people. It was proposed to hold the election at the time of the township election here April 1, but public notices failed to be filed in time for that date.

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Born in Vermont.
Mr. Thompson was born at Grafton, Vt., June 7, 1845, moving to Sugar Grove with his parents when 3 months old. He grew up at Sugar Grove, and made his home there for 44 years. He engaged in farming. Later he conducted a lumber business there, and for several years operated the Sugar Grove hotel.
Mr. Thompson moved to Aurora 38 years ago, and for 30 years lived in the home at 250 South La Salle, where he resided at the time of his death. Shortly after coming to Aurora he founded the Thompson Livery company and later the Thompson Transfer & Storage company. He sold out his interest in the latter three years ago.
Mr. Thompson is survived by one brother, Burt H. Thompson, 400 Galena boulevard; and a daughter in law, Mrs. Maude Thompson., He was a member of Waubonsie lodge, I.O.O.F.; Modern Woodmen of America, No. 54; Union League club, Aurora lodge No. 400, L.O.O.M.; K. of P., lodge No. 135; Aurora encampment No. 22, I. O.O.F., and Aurora Canton,, No. 13, I.O.O.F.

Burt Thompson
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b. 25 Sep 1858 --- d. 28 May 1940

Burt Thompson Dies Suddenly

Burt Harvey Thompson, 702 Galena boulevard, died this morning at 11 o'clock at St. Joseph Mercy hospital. A retired farmer who was born Sept. 25, 1858, in Sugar Grove, he had lived in Aurora for the past 39 years. He lived only a short time after a stroke.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Arvilla Thompson; two daughters Miss Elsie Thompson and Mrs. Mabel T. Suiter of Tulare, Cal.; a son, John P. Thompson of Park Ridge, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the Healy chapel at 2 o'clock Thursday, standard time, the Rev. W. E. McCormack officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.

Arvilla V. Thompson
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b. 02 Aug 1858 --- d. 04 Apr 1941

Mrs. Thompson, 82, Dies at Home
Mrs. Arvilla V. Thompson, 82, of 702 Galena boulevard, died today at her home. She was born Aug. 2, 1858, at Middlebush, N. J. She is survived by one son, John P., of Park Ridge, Ill., two daughters Miss Elsie G. Thompson of Aurora, and Mrs. Mabel T. Suiter of Tulare, Calif., two grand children, and one brother, N. H. VanArsdale of Batavia. She was an active member of the New England Congregational church. Funeral services will be held at the Healy chapel Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. G. Paul Stowell officiating. Interment in Sugar Grove cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.

Eva Read
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Mrs. Ernest Read Dies
Batavia relatives have received word of the death yesterday of Mrs. Ernest Read, Capron. Her brother-in-law and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Read, went to Capron today and will return and announce the funeral arrangements which will be Monday afternoon, with burial in the West Batavia cemetery.
Mrs. Read, the former Eva Laird, was the niece of the late Mr. and Mrs. N. H. VanArsdale, in whose home in Main St. she was a frequent visitor. She had looked forward to attending the dedication of the VanArsdale Memorial organ in the Congregational church. This organ fund was started with a $5,000 donation from the family. Mrs. Read is survived by her husband, one son Russell in Chicago, one brother Philip in Rockford and two granddaughters.

Mrs. Eva Mae Read, 57, of Capron, died yesterday at her home there. She was born in West Chicago, Dec. 3, 1891.
Mrs. Read was a member of the Presbyterian church of Harvard. Surviving her are her husband, Ernst; one son, Russell of Chicago; one brother, A. P. Laird of Rockford; and two grandchildren, Susan and Kathleen.
The funeral will be held at the Congregational church in Elburn, Monday at 3:45 p, m., the Rev. Dr. J. E. Condon of Harvard and the Rev. O. E. Spencer of Elburn officiating. Interment will be in West Batavia cemetery. Friends may call at the home in Capron.

Arthur P. Laird
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Arthur P. Laird, 60, 716 Ellis ave., died in his home at 1 p.m. Sunday after a long illness. A native of West Chicago, Mr. Laird was born Aug. 31, 1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas I. Laird. He lived 32 years in Rockford, coming here from Batavia.
Mr. Laird was married Jan. 14, 1920, to the former Mabel Coombes in West Chicago. He was a veteran of two years' service in Europe during World War 1.
Mr. Laird was a member of Trinity Lutheran church, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of Masonic lodge 102, AF and AM.
Survivors include, besides his wife, a brother-in-law, Ernest O. Read, Capron; a nephew, Russell L. Read, Glen Ellyn ; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1p. m. in the Julian-Poorman funeral home, 1304 N. 5th st., with the Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, officiating. Burial will be in Batavia. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p. m. Tuesday.

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