Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     HUGH L. THOMPSON, who resides about six miles southeast from Edwall, is one of the early pioneers of the northwest.  As early as 1852, he came to Oregon with his parents and since that time he has resided on the Pacific coast.  He was born in Newton county, Missouri, on November 2, 1844.  His father, Mercer Thompson, was born in Clay county, Kentucky, emigrated to Missouri and in 1849 crossed the plains to California.  He returned to Missouri in the winter of 1851-2 and in the spring of 1852, with his family, consisting of his wife and four children, the oldest of whom was seven years, crossed the plains again, settling in Oregon.  He there engaged in farming and stock raising for some time and also supplied several mining camps with provisions.  His death occurred on April 16, 1876.  The mother of our subject, Sarah W. (Denagree) Thompson, was born in Kentucky and died in Oregon in September, 1891.  The train in which Mr. Thompson crossed the plains, consisted of about one hundred grown people, besides a good many children.  They started from Newton county, Missouri, on the 20th of March, 1852.  His father was captain and so wisely handled affairs that the entire train landed in the Willamette valley about the middle of September without any special incident or loss.  However, two cases of cholera occurred on the road but the father having read medicine in early life attended them both until their recovery.  At different times, they discovered fresh signs of Indian massacres on the road, as the train proceeded, but they had no difficulty.  Our subject continued with his father until 1864, both in working on the farm and in freighting to the mining camps in Idaho and western Oregon.  He was one of the first men to pull freight into the Boise Basin, during the boom times, and provisions cost one dollar per pound.  After that, he went to farming and rented land, then purchased the same, making it his home until 1886.  After this, we see him in Umatilla county, where he remained until the fall of 1895.  He removed from that place to Idaho and then to British Columbia, remaining in the last place four years, there giving his attention to prospecting and mining.  He returned to the United States, locating in Douglas county and from there moved to his present place in 1902.  He does not own the land where he resides but has farmed about two sections.  He owns one section of land in Canada and the Indian Head country and has a homestead near Trinidad, Douglas county.  He has a full equipment of farm machinery, horses and so forth, to operate the large tract of land, under his care and is a well known citizen.  Of all the people who crossed the plains with him, our subject knows of but three still living.  They are his aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth (Thompson) Walker, and his cousins, Louis Sullens and W. J. Thompson.  Mr. Thompson has the following brothers and sisters, A. N., L. G., Mrs. Amanda Taylor, J. L., and Mrs. Alice Bullein.
     On December, 28, 1864, in Linn county, Oregon, Mr. Thompson married Miss Sarah J. McCormick, who died at Athena, on January 29, 1889.  Her father, William McCormick, was born in Pennsylvania and came to Oregon in 1853, where he died.  Mrs. Thompson has the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Mary Davis, John E., William, Mrs. Anna McKune, Mrs. Grace Covey, Nebbin, and Lena.  To Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, ten children have been born: Edgar D., who died March 27, 1903, aged thirty-seven; William M., Walter C., Joseph C., Frances E., Mrs. Evelyn Thompson, Anna L., Hubert M., Robert M., and Ethel A.  Mr. Thompson used to be city marshal of Athena and is a member of the I. O. O. F.  He is a man of ability, a genuine frontiersman and the recipient of the good will of his fellows.