Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. p. 300.
D. W. THOMPSON, M.D.
“D. W. THOMPSON, M.D., Caledonia, was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, May 1, 1843. His parents, Jesse and Jane (Dotson) Thompson, reared a family of eleven children, of whom the doctor was the sixth child. When he was twelve years of age his parents removed to Clinton County, Iowa, and a year later came to Ringgold County, settling in Poe Township. He was reared on a farm and obtained his education in the common schools. In May, 1864, he enlisted in Company E, Forty-sixth Iowa Infantry, was honorably discharged, and returned to his home. While in the army he contracted disease, the result of exposure and hardship, from which he has never fully recovered. He commenced the study of medicine in 1866. In 1868 he commenced to read under Dr. A. N. Stringer, of Ringgold County, and commenced the practice of medicine at Caledonia, in 1870. He has a large, successful and lucrative practice. He was married November 30, 1871, to Miss Ellen Hoover, formerly of Putnam County, Indiana. They are the parents of four children – Dora E., Eva A., Winnie M. and Henderson. The doctor is a member of the Masonic order, Garnet Lodge, No. 416, Caledonia; also a member of the Caledonia Lodge, No. 293, I. O. O. F. He is a worthy and consistent member of the Baptist church, and in politics is a Republican. He always takes an interest in the advancement of any worthy enterprise, and is one of the leading citizens of Caledonia.”
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