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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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THOMPSON, S. F., billiard hall, P. O. Clarinda; born February 25, 1822, in Chatauqua county, New York. When he was six years old his parents moved to Erie county, same state, where he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the common schools of the Empire state. Until 1865 he followed the business of a farmer; in that year he came to Clarinda, purchasing the property where he now carries on his business. In the fall of 1866 he was appointed postmaster at Clarinda, and held the office until the inauguration of Grant as President. In 1872 he engaged in the dry goods business, selling out shortly after and engaging in the saloon business, following the same until August, 1877, when he rented his building and retired. In June, 1879, he purchased some billiard tables and engaged in the business which he is at present following. He served as recorder for the city one term, and was re-elected but declined serving. Mr. Thompson was married November 13, 1844, to Miss Maria Watson. This wife died on November 24, 1851. He married Miss Betsy Tousley, November 20, 1852, who is a native of New York. No children.

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