From The Early Pioneers of Vermilion Co.
(Contributed by Mary Paulius)
L. M. Thompson
Few men who have undergone the hardships Incident to the life of a pioneer live to retain the vigor of youth as thoroughly as Louis M. Thompson, who was born seventy years ago last month. Dearborn County, Indiana was his birthplace. He came to Vermilion County with his parents in the fall of 1831, and has lived here ever since.
In 1848 he was married to Judith A. Burroughs and the same year moved and settled on a farm he still owns, which lies southeast of the city and corners with the corporation. Here he resided until 1873, when he moved to Rossville, spending the years in looking after his land holdings which have increased to 800 acres. The farm on which he first settled was raw prairie and he broke it up with and made the improvements with his own hands. In those days he hauled his corn to Attica and Lafayette, Ind., the trip frequently requiring two days, when he would "Stake out" his oxen and sleep under his wagon of a night. The few houses in Rossville were all log structures.
In February, 1890, his wife died and late in 1891 he was married to Mrs. Belle Bales, who is proving a loving helpmate to him in every way. Six children, five girls and one boy, were the fruit of his first marriage. The girls are all grown to womanhood and are presiding over homes of their own with that dignity and grace that makes an ideal wife and mother. The son, John G., is assistant attorney general of the United States.
Mr. Thompson has served his community as town clerk, seven years collector; Collector twice, and road commissioner