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Frederick F. Thomson came to Sacramento from Richmond, Chittenden county, Vt., ten miles from Burlington. His father, Corey Thomson, who was an owner of land holdings, died in 1908, aged ninety years, and his wife, who was over ninety-five years at the time of her death, passed away in 1910. She was a descendant of John Fay, a heroic soldier at the Battle of Bennington, whose story has been told in Revolutionary^ annals. Her father, John Fay, was a captain in the war of 1812 and his grand-uncle, Samuel Thomson, was the founder of the Thomsonian system of medicine and was an extensive writer on materia medica.

There were five children in the family of the parents, of whom only Frederick F. and Herbert R. are living. The latter is identified as a stockholder in the Thomson, Diggs Company. He came to Sacramento several years later than did his brother. Frederick F. was born October 21, 1847, in Jericho, Vt. Like many young men of his day and place, he taught during the winters and worked on the farm in the summer. It is too cold in a Vermont winter for outdoor work, consequently the young men have some time for schooling. The farms are so poor that all the farmers must work all summer to get a harvest. California is a paradise compared with the eastern states. When Mr. Thomson arrived in Sacramento, in 1872, he went to the Whitcomb ranch and worked for his uncle, John Whitcomb, for about a year, then taught school in Sacramento until 1877. He was employed in San Francisco by the Frank Brothers, an agricultural implement firm, and was sent by that company to open a branch store in Sacramento with R. L. Holman, at the corner of Second and J streets. He remained here two years when the firm became Holman, Stanton and Company, and after fours years under this management, Frederick and Herbert Thomson bought out Mr. Holman. In 1900 the Thomson Brothers bought out Mr. Stanton and incorporated, taking in the Diggs Implement and Vehicle Company. The title is now The Thomson, Diggs Company, and in 1911 they built a large warehouse on Third and R streets, 160x160 feet in dimensions and four stories high, and here they have their offices. Located on both the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific Railroads, they have a large warehouse on Third street opposite their new building. Mr. Thom- son is the president and is very active in the management.

Frederick F. Thomson was married to Miss Sarah Anderson of Franklin, Sacramento county, and their children are Evelyn E., who is now the wife of George F. Fetherston, the latter the bookkeeper in the Boston Machine Shop at Oroville; Edith, wife of C. L. Mason, the hardware buyer of Thomson, Diggs Company; Fred F., Jr., an assistant in the office of the company; and Rosana, who died at the age of three years. Mr. Thomson is one of the pioneers in Odd Fellowship, having been an active member of that order for thirty-five years. He is an earnest believer in the doctrines of Christian Science and has been reader in the church of that faith for several years. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011