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Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     HENRY THOMPSON.  The most successful and skillful mining men who operate and who have operated in the United States are always men who have supplemented the information gained from books by thorough, close and actual contact with minerals and mineral deposits, and are acquainted with the processes of mining from the prospector's trips until the metals are prepared for commercial distribution.  Such a man is Henry Thompson, and it is with pleasure that we grant space for a review of the salient points of his career.
     Henry Thompson was born on August 17, 1867, in Douglas county, Minnesota, the son of Thomas and Caroline Thompson, natives of Norway.  They came from that country to the United States in 1864, settling in Douglas county.  They were the parents of three children, our subject, Charles and Mrs. Carrie Rood.  Henry received a common school education and grew to manhood on the farm.  He early developed a love for mining and minerals and devoted considerable attention to reading such periodicals and books as he could secure on the subject.  In 1885 he came to Seattle, Washington, and wrought at the trade of millwright until 1889, when he crossed the Cascades to the Swauk district, where he mined.  In the fall of 1892 Mr. Thompson married Miss Laura Harrison, and to them was born one child, Lauren, on September 11, 1893, and two days thereafter Mrs. Thompson died.  The next year Mr. Thompson came to Loomis and did mining until the reservation opened in the fall of 1896, when he came to the vicinity of Chesaw.  He was one of the first men who came to this locality and at once began to prospect and make locations.  He made several fine locations, among which may be mentioned the Bi-Metallic group, which he still owns.  He has done about eight thousand dollars worth of development work on this property, which is distinctly a gold and copper proposition and has a one hundred and twenty-five foot ledge.  He is also interested in several other propositions and is superintendent of the Interstate Mining Company properties.  From the beginning Mr. Thompson was occupied with practical work in the mines and made a thorough investigation from books and from every source where he could obtain knowledge upon the subject.  The result is that for twelve or fifteen years of this experience and study he has come to be a thorough mining man, practical in every respect.  In addition to the duties mentioned above, he devotes considerable time to experting mines and to reporting on them.  He has done considerable of this expert work and has been found skillful in it.
     Mr. Thompson married Miss Ida E. Gilespie, and one child has been born to them, on August 6, 1901, Henry Thompson, Jr.  Mr. Thompson is a member of the A. F. and A. M., and also of the Eagles.  He is known as one of the substantial and reliable men of Okanogan county.