J. N. Thompson.
For fully a quarter of a century, members
of the Thompson family have been exceptionally active in all the
business and civic affairs of Eastern Oklahoma, both in Tulsa and
Okmulgee County. J. N. Thompson is one of the vigorous young business
men of Beggs, where in association with his brothers he handles some
extensive stock and oil interests and is also a real estate dealer.
A wide circle of
people in old Indian Territory have a respectful and admiring memory
of the late Joseph Thompson, father of the young business man of
Beggs. Joseph Thompson was born near Logansport, Indiana, and
married there Mary Calkin, a native of the same locality. At sixteen
years of age he ran away from home in order to enlist in the army and
served with the Union forces in an Indiana regiment. After his
marriage he moved to Missouri, afterwards to Western Kansas, then
returned for a time to Missouri, and in 1891 located in the vicinity
of the present City of Tulsa. He died at the Tulsa Hospital in May,
1912, at the age of sixty-seven. His widow now lives at Beggs. Joseph
Thompson was a pioneer by nature. It seemed that he was never content
to abide long in a well settled community, and his ambition was to be
in the center of the progressive life and affairs of a new country.
He was well equipped for pioneer duties and hardships, and was a
splendid physical specimen, standing six feet four inches in height
and weighing 240 pounds. His main business was farming and stock
raising, but he was often called upon for public work, and served
several years as sheriff of Lawrence County, Missouri, and was a
deputy United States marshal from the time he came to Indian
Territory until his death. He was an active republican, and a member
of the Grand Army of the Republic. He and his wife became the parents
of eleven children: C. E. Thompson, who was accidentally killed; U.
S., a rancher at Beggs; S. V., a stockman in Tulsa County; W.
M., a stockman at Beggs and president of the Farmers National Bank
there; Lillie, wife of LeRoy Ward of Oilton; Leva, wife of Lon Lewis
of Broken Arrow; W. H. of Big Heart; J. N.; R. B., a stockman at
Beggs; Floy, who died at the age of two years; and Mildred, who died
when sixteen years old.
It was the late
Joseph Thompson who established his young sons as farmers and
stockmen in Okmulgee County. J. N. Thompson, who was born at the home
of his parents at Mount Vernon, Missouri, June 28, 1882, grew up on
his father’s farm and in Indian Territory from the age of nine, and
was on the home ranch in the Creek Nation until he was seventeen
years old. He attended Kendall College two years, spent five years as
an employee in the post officc at Mounds, and then completed a course
in Bryant & Stratton’s Commercial College at St. Louis and was
employed in that city for a few months before returning to Oklahoma.
Since then he has looked after his interests as a partner of Thompson
Brothers, stockmen, and also has a real estate office and some
investments in the oil district of Oklahoma.
In politics he is a
republican, is a Scottish Rite Consistory Mason and a member of the
Elks Lodge at Okmulgee. In 1905 he married Miss Wilma Red of Mounds,
Oklahoma. They have two daughters: Mildred and Doris, the former aged
six and the latter two years.