History of Pettis County MO 1919 by Mark McGruder, Page 743
(Transcribed by Laura Paxton)
Thompson Brothers-William Edward and Ambrose J. Thompson, leading farmers and stockmen of Dresden township, have operated in partnership for 25 years. They were both born in Moniteau County Missouri. William Edward was born September 8 1872 and Ambrose J. was born January 20 1877. Their parents were John B and Mary Ellen (Bowman) Thompson, natives of Kentucky. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom are living. John B. Thompson was born in Kentucky August 1 1828 and died July 8 1912, and his wife, Mary Ellen (Bowman) Thompson was born in Kentucky April 20 1828. They moved to Springfield Missouri In 1898. William E and Ambrose J. Thompson was reared on their father's farm and were educated in the public and parochial schools after which they engaged in the general mercantile business for a number of years and met with success. They first engaged in business in Springfield Missouri and from there went to Oklahoma and took a Government claim and after proving up on that returned to Springfield in 1902. a year later they came to Pettis County and purchased their farm in Dresden township, which they improved and in 1918 sold it and bought their present farm of 330 acres. This place is located in sections 19 and 20 Dresden township, and is known as the old Clinton W. Keller farm. Here they carry on general farming and stock raising and are among the successful men in this line of business in Pettis County.
William E. Thompson served as postmaster at Roseville Missouri for a number of years. He is unmarried. He is a Democrat, a member of the Knights of Columbus and belongs to the Catholic Church.
Ambrose J. Thompson was married January 28 1908, to Miss Ella J. Sullivan, a daughter of Eugene and Anna (Clifford) Sullivan, natives of Ireland. To Mr & Mrs Thompson have been born two children, Ella Regina and Mary Lucille.
Ambrose J. Thompson supports the policies and principles of the Democratic party. His lodge affiliations are with the Knights of Columbus and he is a member of the Catholic Church.
The Thompson Brothers are public spirited and enterprising and rank among the leading citizens of Pettis County. They have had a broad and varied experience in the business world and are men of integrity and high standing.