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Charles James Thompson

OBITUARY: 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 
Street.  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."

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March 28, 2002
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