THOMASON, CHARLES, who fills with signal credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the official management, the position of Superintendent of Farms and Gardens of the Illinois Central Hospital for the insane, at Jacksonville, Ill., was born on a farm in Scott County, Ill., April 9, 1860, the son of William and Mary (Allinson) Thomason. The father was born in England, in 1830, and the mother in Morgan County, Ill., in February, 1833. William Thomason came to the United States in the fifties and located in Scott County, Ill., where he was engaged in farming until his death in 1860. His widow died February 22, 1905, on her farm just west of Jacksonville.
On February 26, 1883, Mr. Thomason was united in marriage with Anna Lee McFarland, of Scott County, Ill., a daughter of Walter B. and Mahala (Hornbeck) McFarland. Mrs. Thomason was born in Bath County, Ky., April 29, 1864. This union has been the source of three children, namely: Georgia Etta, who was born October 12, 1883, and died December 13, 1896; Mary Elizabeth, born December 2, 1885; and Allinson May, born July 25, 1890.
On political issues, Mr. Thomason is arrayed on the side of the Republican party. While living in the country, he served four years as Road Commissioner in district in No. 6. Religiously, he is an active and consistent member of Mount Zion Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has officiated as Sunday-school Superintendent and Trustee. Fraternally, he is identified with the M. P. L. and Jacksonville Lodge No. 152, K. of P. He is a man of absolute rectitude of character. In his management of the farms and gardens of the public institution with which he is connected, he is intelligent, careful, systematic and practical, and enjoys the confidence and respect of all with whom he is associated.