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Ezekiel Thompson

The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following on 
30 December 1925 which read: 

Ezekiel Thompson - Aged Veteran of Civil War Answers Call. 

Ezekiel Thompson who was a brave soldier died early this morning.  
One of city's most highly respected men. Came to Mt. Vernon thirty-
five years ago, and was long employed at Local Car Shops.  

Details read: "Ezekiel Thompson died this morning at 1:30 o'clock 
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Cowger, in Dodds township, 
a short distance south of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Thompson had been in bad 
health sometime, and this condition had been serious for the last 
two weeks. Death was due to a complication of ailments and the 
infirmities of age. 

Mr. Thompson ws born in Poland, Ohio, and was 84 years old the 20th 
of last May. He came to Illinois with his parents in early life, and 
lived many years in Perry County, having lived both at Pinckneyville 
and DuQuoin. He located in Mt. Vernon about thirty-five years ago, 
and for years was employed with the Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing 
company. He was a carpenter by trade. 

Mr. Thompson was married to Miss Anna Coover, who preceded him in 
death about eleven years ago. Ten children were born to their union, 
only three of whom survive. The survivors are Mrs. Walter Cowger, 
Dodds Twp., W.J. Thompson, Danville, IL and Charles J. Thompson, 
Mt. Vernon. Eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive.  

Mr. Thompson is survived by a brother John Thompson and a sister, 
Mrs. John McClure, 71 both of DuQuoin. His brother visited Mr. Thompson 
in this city a year or so ago. 

Mr. Thompson was a veteran of the Civil War, having a most honorable 
record. He enlisted in Company G, 12th Illinois infantry, in 1862 and 
served throughout the war. He was wounded three or four times in 
engagements in which he participated. He was long a member of Coleman 
Post G.A.R. 508, and took great interest in the Post and its welfare. 
Mr. Thompson was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church and a faithful 
consecrated christian. Quiet, and unassuming in manner, a citizen above 
reproach, he was held in the highest esteem and respect by all who knew him, 
and his influence was always on the side of right. In his quiet and 
unostenatious way he lived his daily life, doing his duty at all times and 
under all circumstances, leving as honorable a record in civil life as he had 
made when he responded to the call of his country in the dark days of 1861, 
'the time that tried men's souls. He left an example worthy of emulation 
alike for young and old.  

Funeral services will be held at the home of his daughter in Dodds township 
at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, conducted by the Rev. Owen W. Pratt, of the 
First Presbyterian Church, and burial will follow at Oakwood."

Submitted by "Family Links"
March 28, 2002

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