George Tompkins

Richland Co., Ohio


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George Tompkins


Source:  J. W. Ellis, History of Jackson County, Iowa, 1910.  Submitted by Barb W.


On the roll of Jackson county's honored dead appears the name of George Tompkins, who for a long period was actively identified with agricultural interests here. Born in Richland county, Ohio, he came to Iowa when a little lad of six years in company with his parents, and with the exception of several years spent in California, his life was passed within the borders of this county. No event of special importance came to vary the routine of life for him during the period of his boyhood and youth, which was passed under the parental roof, and in the common schools near his home he acquired his education. Reared on a farm, he early decided to make agricultural pursuits his life work and consequently his time and energies throughout the period of his business career were given to the labor of the fields. When he crossed the threshold of the business world he was actuated by the laudable ambition to succeed in his chosen field of endeavor, and with the passing of the years his energy, diligence and perseverance carried him far on the road to success. He engaged in general farming, bringing his fields under a high state of cultivation, and at the time of his death he not only owned the valuable farm upon which his widow now resides, but also a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in South Dakota.

In 1864 Mr. Tompkins was united in marriage to Miss Martha Coleman, a native of Richland county, Ohio, who came to Jackson county with her parents when a little maiden of five summers. The death of Mr. Tompkins occurred in 1895, his remains being laid to rest in the Preston cemetery, and with his passing Van Buren township lost one of its substantial and representative citizens, who during the period of his residence within its borders had been closely identified with the interests of the community. Having spent almost his entire life in Jackson county, he was well known throughout this district, and the news of his demise brought a sense of bereavement to many who still remember him as a good neighbor and true friend. Mrs. Tompkins is a woman of good business ability, capably managing and controlling the home farm, which is still in her possession and upon which she yet resides.

She holds membership in the Congregational church and is deeply interested in the various phases of the church work. Her many good traits of heart and mind have endeared her to a large circle of friends and she is held in high regard by all with whom she has been associated.

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