Pueblo County, Colorado
JACOB W. THOMSON
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
Jacob W. Thomson, filling the office of county commissioner in Pueblo
county, has in various ways left the impress of his individuality and ability
upon his adopted city, county and state. He was born in Bureau county, Illinois,
on the 11th of November, 1854, and is a son of Jacob T. and Pernina (Wise)
Thomson. The father was a farmer by occupation and thus provided for the support
of his family, which numbered four sons and two daughters, of whom Jacob W. was
the fourth in order of birth. Both the father and mother have now departed this
Jacob W. Thomson was educated in rural schools and has learned many valuable
lessons in the school of experience. He early became acquainted with the best
methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops and through the period of
his youth aided his father in the work of the fields and in fact continued his
active assistant in carrying on the home farm until the father's death, which
occurred in 1876, when Jacob W. Thomson was a young man of twenty-two years. The
favorable reports which reached him concerning the opportunities of the west led
him to seek a home in Colorado in 1878, in which year he located in-the vicinity
of Pueblo, where he engaged in sheep raising for a decade. He then turned his
attention to the cattle business, which he continuously and successfully
followed until he was elected to his present office in 1911 for a four years'
term. He made so excellent a record through the prompt and faithful discharge of
his duties during the first term that he was then reelected and continues as the
incumbent in the position. When chosen to office he turned over his cattle
interests to his son and is concentrating his entire time and attention upon his
official duties. He had previously been called to public office, having in
1909-10 represented his district in the house of representatives of the Colorado
legislature. His political allegiance has always been given to the democratic
party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and he has made an
excellent record by his loyalty to high political standards and his
identification with movements bringing about practical reform and improvement in
On the 11th of March, 1880, at Princeton, Illinois, Mr. Thomson was united
in marriage to Miss Flora B. Boggs and to them have been born two children:
Arthur T., who married Nina Churcher; and Harry R., who married Mildred J. Jones
and they have two children, Harry Raymond, Jr.. and Arthur J.
In his fraternal relations Mr. Thomson is a Mason and has attained the
Knight Templar degree of the York Rite. He is also identified with the
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and exemplifies in his life the beneficent
spirit which underlies those organizations. He has many sterling qualities and
the worth of his character commends him to the regard and confidence of all who
know him. He has a wide acquaintance in this section of the state, where he has
now lived for four decades, and his public record is indeed commendable. He was
one of the board of county commissioners which erected the present new county
buildingóregarded as one of the finest in the westóand in all public affairs he
stands loyally for progress and improvement, never countenancing useless
expenditure but at the same time not believing in that retrenchment which.
hampers substantial advancement.
History Of Colorado
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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