Elmer E. Thompson is a well known citizen of San Joaquin county, where he has lived for the past thirty years, being practically reared and spending all his life in the county. He has been a prosperous agriculturist and business man, and his career is most creditable from every point of view. He resides on a nice little estate of forty acres several miles northwest of Lodi. He has made quite a success in grape culture, and seventeen acres of his place are devoted to vineyard purposes. He also does an extensive business as the local representative of several produce commission houses of San Francisco and Sacramento, whose business in this part of the state he most satisfactorily attends to.

Mr. Thompson was born in Douglas county, Kansas, December 25, 1861, being a son of John and Catherine (Shank) Thompson, who are at present residing in Lodi. His father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Iowa. In 1874 the family came out to San Joaquin county, and here Mr. Thompson grew to man's estate and completed his education in the public schools of the county. He has been in business on his own account since 1884, and as has been shown has made excellent success and progressed steadily to an influential position among his fellow citizens. At the present writing he is serving as a member of the board of trustees of the Ray school district, and is clerk of the board.

He was married June 2, 1891, to Miss Carrie M. Fowler, of San Joaquin county, a daughter of one of the late esteemed citizens of the county, Joseph Fowler. By this union there are two children, Clarence E. and Bessie B. In politics Mr. Thompson is a Republican. He affiliates with Jefferson Lodge No. 98, I. O. O. F., at Woodbridge. For three years he served as deputy county assessor of San Joaquin county under County Assessor Ortman. Possessed of an eminent degree of public spirit, he has made himself a friend of education and social and material progress in general, and through his honorable business and private career has won and retained the entire confidence of his fellow citizens.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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