Dr. William M. THOMPSON

Dr. William M. THOMPSON

Male 1852 - 1902  (50 years)

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  • Name William M. THOMPSON  [1
    • A SAD DEATH

      Dr. Wm. Thompson, the Well-Known Physician, Meets Death Through an Accident.

      The whole community received a sad shock when the news was brought to the city that Dr. Wm. M. Thompson, the well known physician, had come to his death through a fatal error in drinking the contents of a bottle of carbolic acid instead of brandy as he intended. The doctor has for many years been a resident of Skagit City where he practiced his profession. His practice was very large, extending from the Stillaguamish on the south to the Samish on the north, and taking in the whole Skagit valley. Last Saturday the doctor was in Mt. Vernon most of the day on professional business, returning home late in the afternoon. During the night he complained of having a headache, and arose for the purpose of taking a drink out of a flask of brandy. His wife said to him he had better wait until she could light the lamp, but the doctor being sure of the position in which the bottle stood, that he did not wait for the light, but reaching a bottle in the darkness drank a large portion of the contents. Immediately he discovered his mistake, and calling his wife told her that he had drank out of the wrong bottle and taken carbolic acid in stead of brandy. Mrs. Thompson, though badly frightened, asked him what she should give him. The doctor realizing instantly the fatal dose he had taken, told her that nothing she could do could save him, and almost immediately lapsed off into a state of unconsciousness, in which state he continued for some time before death came. Mrs. Thompson, assisted by Mr. Garland, did all in her power by administering antidotes to counteract the effects of the deadly drug but to no avail, and though still alive when medical assistance arrived, he died shortly afterwards.
      Dr. Thompson was born in Kennecksburg, Illinois, Sept. 1st, 1852, moving there to Memphis, Tenn. He came to Washington in 1883. Shortly after his arrival, he was married to Miss Mary Gates, a daughter of John B. Gates. By this marriage he had six children, one of which died a few years ago, and one son by a former marriage.
      Dr. Thompson was a man of most noble impulses, always willing to sacrifice himself for the cause of humanity. His large and varied practice took him into the homes of all classes of people, and with all he was the same kind and considerate friend as well as physician. When called in a professional way, he never stopped to consider whether his fee was forthcoming, but responded just as quickly and cheerfully when called in doubtful cases as when summoned to attend people of wealth. The world is much better from the presence of such men as Dr. Thompson, and his loss will be keenly felt by those who depended upon him for medical assistance as well as those who enjoyed his personal friendship. [1]
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 1 Sep 1852  Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  Living in Skagit, Skagit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 2 Oct 1902  Skagit City, Skagit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, La Conner, Skagit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I90916  Main Tree
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2018 

    Family Mary Louise GATES,   b. 30 Sep 1869, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1951, Sedro Woolley, Skagit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 18 Apr 1884  [1
    Children 
     1. May Lucretia THOMPSON,   b. May 1885, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967  (Age ~ 81 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Edna Thomasina THOMPSON,   b. 30 Sep 1886, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1965, Sedro Woolley, Skagit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Birth]
     3. Verna THOMPSON,   b. Jul 1889, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898  (Age ~ 8 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Berde Nora THOMPSON,   b. 1891, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1939, Seattle, King Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [Birth]
     5. William Cleveland THOMPSON,   b. 15 Jul 1892, Skagit, Sakgit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1936, Skagit City, Skagit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)  [Birth]
     6. Pvt Thomas Hale THOMPSON,   b. 3 Jun 1895, Skagit, Sakgit Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1919, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F37939  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Sep 1852 - Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co., Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Living in Skagit, Skagit Co., Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, La Conner, Skagit Co., Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Dr. William M. Thompson Headstone
    Dr. William M. Thompson Headstone
    Dr. William M. Thompson is the husband of Mary L.Gates. He is buried in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in La Conner, Skagit Co., Washington.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    2. [S1851] 1900 Census Skagit, Skagit County, Washington.