BIRTH 1856 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
DEATH 30 May 1943 East Saint Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
BURIAL Mount Hope Cemetery Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
George Washington Thompson, of 1705 State St., died on Sunday, May 30, 1943.
Dear father of Mrs. Charles Horner; brother of Mrs. Jennie Kerwin, Mrs. Emma Bignam and Charles Thompson, all of Pittsburgh, Pa., Howard Thompson of E. St. Louis.
Funeral services will be held at Kurrus Chapel, Tuesday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m., Rev. R. M. Gunn officiating. Interment at Mt. Hope cemetery.
Member of St. Paul's Episcopal church, E. St. Louis Lodge No 504 A. F. & A. M. E. St. Louis Chapter No. 156 R. A. M. and Knights of Pythias and honorary member of Flint Glass Blowers Union. Kurrus service.
Obituary from East St. Louis Journal
Note: Son of William K. Thompson and Eliza Bolden (sp?). Husband of Margaret. He died at 87 years old. Information from IL death record.
Biography written 1903
Published in Belleville City Dir. 1904
Sheriff George W. Thompson of St. Clair County has, in the short time that he has held this office as Sheriff, won for himself a large number of friends, all of whom esteem him highly. He was born in Pittsburg, Pa., in 1856. He was educated in the public schools of this city, and after graduating secured a situation in a glass works, and became a journeyman glassblower at the age of 19 years. He followed his trade in the East until August, 1879, when he came West and settled in Alton, Ill. Mr. Thompson worked at his trade until the Obear-Nestor Glass Worked were opened in East St. Louis, where he removed to that place with Joseph Nestor, with whom he associated for over twenty years. He worked with the Obear-Nestor Glass Works until the fall of 1902, when he was elected to the office of Sheriff of St. Clair County, by a majority of 2,619 votes, the largest majority in the history of the county.
Mr. Thompson has always been very prominent and active in labor circles. When honored with the office of Sheriff he represented the Glassblowers' Union of East St. Louis in the Trades and Labor Assembly. He was delegate to the convention that first organized the American Flint Glassblowers' Union. For nearly 30 years his name has not been off the union rolls.
Mr. Thompson, prior to his election of Sheriff, has served on the School and Library Boards in East St. Louis for several terms. Mr. Thompson is an active and hard-working member of several lodges, besides his labor organizations. The orders of which he is a member are as follows: Masonic Blue Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Eastern Star Masons, Knights of Pythias, Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias, Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and Knights of the Maccabees.
Mr. Thompson was united in marriage in Pittsburg, Pa., to Miss Margaret Schiffer, in 1876. Four children were born to the union, of whom Mrs. C. M. Horner of East St. Louis is the only survivor. A more popular gentleman than Mr. Thompson can be found anywhere, and the manner in which he fills the office of Sheriff show him to be a conscientious official. Sheriff and Mrs. G. W. Thompson reside in the apartment adjoining the St. Clair County Jail.