Charles James Thompson
The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following on Tuesday,
November 17, 1959.
It was 'Thirty' last night for a newspaperman who spent a lifetime in
the composing room and front office when Charles J. Thompson died suddenly.
Mr. Thompson, business manager of the Register-News, would have been 70
years old December 5. Although in failing health for 10 years, he worked
on the last day of his life at the job he loved -- getting out the
daily newspaper. Death occurred at 10:30 p.m. at his home, 115 N. 13th
Mr. Thompson began his newspaper career as a small boy carrying a paper
route for the Mt. Vernon News. He was still a boy when he went into
the composing room as a 'printer's devil' and became a journeyman printer
as a youth. He was business manager of The News at the time it was
consolidated with The Register to form The Register News in 1920, and has
been with the newspaper ever since. He served in the Army during World
War I and had been active in veterans affairs since. He was a past
commander of the local American Legion Post, and served a number of terms
on the post executive committee. A long-time member of the Elks, he was a
past Exalted Ruler of the Mt. Vernon Lodge. His other civic service included
membership on the grade school board and as a draft board adviser. Mr. Thompson
was a member of First Community Church and the local Masonic order.
He was born December 5, 1889, in Dubois, Illinois, the son of Ezekiel and
Anna (Hoover) Thompson. His father was a veteran of the Civil War. He was
married in 1918 to Ruth Dodds, who survives. They have two sons, Robert K.
of The Register-News advertising staff and William D., a member of the
Mt. Vernon junior college faculty, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Myers Chapel. The
Rev. Andrew Caraker will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the chapel where friends may call after
4 p.m. today."
Submitted by "Family Links"
March 28, 2002