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Subject: George C. THOMPSON 3565, McCracken Co.
Author: Sandi Gorin
Date: Monday, September 06, 1999
Surnames: Thompson, Grundy, Bland, Quigley, Taylor
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp 479-480 [McCracken} Mr. Thompson was born February 7, 1849, at Blandville, the former county seat of Ballard county, Kentucky. His parents were Augustus and Susan (Grundy) Thompson. His father was a son of Moses and Nancy Thompson, and was born in Graves county, Kentucky. He was a school teacher during his younger days, but later studied medicine at Louisville and after receiving his medical diploma began his career as a physician at Blandville, Kentucky. He soon rose to a high rank in his profession, and for several years enjoyed a large and lucrative practice, but during the dreadful scourge of cholera in the year 1849 he fell victim to that pestilential disease, dying when only thirty-five years of age. His widow survived him many years. She was a daughter of Joseph and Lucy Grundy, natives of Nelson county, Kentucky. For some six years after her husband's death she continued to reside in Blandville, then removing to Columbus, Kentucky, she resided there on year, and then took up her residence on the old Joe Grundy homestead, situated between Milburn and Lovelaceville, on the Milburn and Lovelaceville road, five miles from the former and eight miles from the latter town, and seven miles from Blandville. Here she continued to reside till she passed away in death in 1867, aged fifty-one years. She was twice married. Her second husband was Fielding Bland, whom she married in 1857. By her first marriage she became the mother of five children, of whom George C. is the only survivor. One of these children was the late
Dr. J. W. Thompson, of Paducah, who for many years ranked among the most skillful and successful physicians of western Kentucky. George C. Thompson was educated at Blandville, Columbus and under a private tutor at home on the Joe Grundy farm, above mentioned; and at the Christian Brothers College at St. Louis, where he spent two and a half years. He then took up the profession of teaching. In the year 1866, he went to Paducah, and for three years
thereafter taught in the public schools of this city. During the last two years of that period he was principal of the schools. Mr. Thompson then took up the study of law. Six months later he and his former instructor in law, Mr. Quigley, formed a partnership, which continued about three years and was then closed in consequence of Mr. Thompson giving up the practice of law to assume the duties of cashier of the American-German National Bank, of which bank he is now president, and has been such official since 1890. In the discharge of his duties, both as cashier and president of this institution, Mr. Thompson has given evidence of unusual financial ability. Under his management and that of his associates this has become one of the most successful banks in western Kentucky. This bank has a capital stock of $230,000 and a surplus and undivided profits of $90,000. For two terms Mr. Thompson was president of the Kentucky State Banking Association, which fact indicates his prominence among Kentucky bankers and financiers. He has long since been closely identified with industrial and business enterprises in Paducah. He was an organizer, in 1886, of the company which first operated a street railway in the city of Paducah, and was president of that company. Several changes in the ownership of the Paducah city railway have occurred, but of all companies that have controlled this system of street railway he has been president. The present owners and operators of the system comprise the Paducah City Railway Company and he is president of the company. While Mr. Thompson has always manifested considerable interest in political affairs, he has never sought political preferment, preferring the life of a strictly business man. He has always been a Democrat in politics, but in 1896, believing the measures of his party to be unwise, he gave his support to Palmer and Buckner, who were the presidential and vice presidential candidates respectively of the "gold Democrats." Fraternally he is a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a demitted Master Mason. In November, 1883, Mr. Thompson married Miss Mamie Taylor. Mrs. Thompson is a native of Union county, Kentucky. Her parents are now residents of Kansas City, Missouri. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson has been blessed by the birth of three children, namely, Susie, George C., Jr., and Juliett. The family are among the most popular people of Paducah, their home being celebrated for its generous hospitality.