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Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

Page 319

Z. A. THOMPSON, who through the recognition and utilization of commercial possibilities afforded in Petersburg, has advanced from humble surroundings to a position among the prosperous business men of the city, is now a member of the fir of Thompson, Rosendahl & Company, proprietors of a large department store. Petersburg is his native city, his birth having here occurred December 27, 1858. His father, Aaron Thompson, is represented on another page in this volume.

Having obtained his early education in the public schools, Mr. Thompson of this review continued his studies in the Illinois College of Jacksonville, where he acquired his more specifically literary education. Soon after leaving that institution he entered the field of mercantile endeavor and in 1886 he became a member of the firm of Thompson, Rosendahl & Company, proprietors of a large department store in Petersburg. The building, seventy by one hundred feet, is two stories in height and is situated at the northwest corner of the square. It is well stocked with an extensive and carefully selected stock of general goods, carefully chosen with regard to the varied taste of his patrons, and the firm, by reason of their honorable dealing, their unfailing courtesy and their earnest desire to please their customers, have secured a large and growing patronage.

On the 24th of November, 1886, Mr. Thompson was married to Miss Nettie Watkins, a daughter of Samuel Watkins, a representative of one of the early pioneer families of Menard county. The children of this marriage are three daughters and a son: Lillian, Samuel, Marie and Louise. Mr. Thompson, having been made a Mason at Chandlerville, Illinois, in 1881, has advanced to the Knight Templar degree, holding membership in St. Aldemar commandery. He is also connected with the Knights of Pythias fraternity and the Modern Woodmen camp, and has hearty sympathy with their principles of brotherhood, benevolence and mutual helpfulness. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Christian church, contributing generously to its support and taking an active part in its work, and in the social circles of the city they are prominent and widely known.

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