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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

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