History of Pettis County MO 1919 by Mark McGruder, Page 725
(Transcribed by Laura Paxton)
Robert H. Thompson, a well-known and successful farmer and stock raiser of LaMonte township, is a member of an old and prominent Pettis County family. Mr. Thompson was born in Johnson County Missouri October 20 1887, and is a son of Elmer E. and Mary (Vanatta) Thompson.
Elmer Thompson was born in Clinton County Indiana, September 19 1854, and is a son of Robert and Sarah J. (Lewis) Thompson, both natives of Butler County Ohio, where the former was born June 9 1833 and the latter was born June 8 1834. They now reside in Sedalia. Robert Thompson was successfully engaged in farming in LaMonte township for a number of years, after coming here in 1872 and is now living retired.
Elmer E. Thompson came to Missouri with his parents in 1872 and they settled on the farm in LaMonte township, which is now owned by Robert H. Thompson. Elmer E. Thompson was reared on this place and educated in the public schools and in early life engaged in farming for himself. His father gave him 40 acres of land in Johnson County and he was successfully engaged in farming and the stock business for many years. A few years ago, when he divided his land among his children he had 1,820 acres. He is now engaged in farming and dealing in all kinds of live stock at Knob Noster, Missouri. Mary (Vanatta) Thompson, wife of Elmer E. Thompson, is a native of Pettis County and born ten miles southeast of Sedalia. To Elmer E. and Mary (Vanatta) Thompson were born the following children: Robert H., the subject of this sketch; Florence D., married H A Wirner, Johnson County Missouri; Joseph E., lives near Knob Noster Missouri; Clifford E., was drafted into the Army, October 5 1917, was a member of Company E. 126th Infantry and after being wounded, was transferred to the field artillery and has been serving on the battle line in France since June 2 1918; Roy L., attending school in Boonville Missouri; Mary O., at home; Ruby died at the age of four years.
Robert H. Thompson, the subject of this sketch was born on a farm near Knob Noster and received his education in the district schools and the Knob Noster High School. After finishing school he remained at home with his father for a time and in 1915 he bought his present farm from his father. However, he had rented this place for some years previous to purchasing it. His farm consists of 280 acres of well improved land and is located on section 30. Here he carries on general farming and stock raising and has met with success. In 1916 he began breeding Duroc Jersey hogs and is one of the successful breeders in this section.
December 29 1910, Robert H. Thompson was united in marriage with Miss Florence Wampler, a native of Johnson County Missouri, born August 24 1892. She is a daughter of Jacob B. and Fannie Lee (Langston) Wampler, natives of Johnson County, now residing four miles north of Knob Noster, where Mrs. Thompson was born and reared. To Mr & Mrs Thompson have been born three children as follow: Chester, Delmar and Earl.
Mr., Thompson and wife are members of the Christian Church and he is a Republican and is a member of the Knights of Pythias.