Homer Douglas Thompson, engaged in the meat and grocery business at Beaver, Utah, where he was
born September 7, 1876, is a son of James and Rebecca Thompson. The father was born June 1, 1854,
at East Durham, England, and on coming to Utah settled at Beaver in June, 1858. He served against
the Indians in the wars of pioneer times and shared in all of the hardships and privations incident
to the settlement of the frontier.
His wife, Rebecca (Gale) Thompson, was born at Sydney, Australia, March 23, 1851, and in February,
1858, came with her parents to Utah, where she met and married James Thompson on the 21st of November,
1867. They were both converted to the Mormon church and James Thompson filled a two years' mission in
England in the '80s.
James Thompson died in Beaver, November 10, 1897, but his wife is still living. They had a family of nine children,
seven sons and two daughters, of whom four have passed away, namely, Heber, Elinor, Charles and Edwin.
Those who survive are Willard, lda, Homer Douglas, Leo and Kenneth.
Homer D. Thompson was educated in the schools of Beaver and worked in various mining camps in this
state as a stationary electrical engineer. In 1917 he established a meat market and grocery business in
Beaver and is still conducting his store, in which he has won a substantial measure of success owing to
his thoroughly reliable business methods and his enterprise.
Homer D. Thompson was married December 25, 1900, in Beaver, by Elder J. F. Folton, to Miss Alice Morris,
a daughter of Andrew and Mary Jane Morris. She was born in Beaver, October 3, 1880, and died September 4,
1909, beloved by all who knew her. Of the Mormon church she was a devout follower. Her father, Andrew
Morris, was born at Manchester, England, January 9, 1854, and in 1856 came to Utah, remaining in Salt
Lake until 1857, and then becoming a resident of Beaver.
In 1875, Andrew Morris married Mary Jane Speakman, who was born at Salt Lake, May 14, 1856, and came to Beaver in
November, 1857. Both are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They reared a
family of ten children, all of whom are living with the exception of Alice. The others are Albert, William,
Edward, Eugene, Hilton, Elizabeth, Blaine, Larue and Arvilla. Mr. and Mrs. Homer D. Thompson had three
children: Morris, born February 18, 1902; Warren, born November 16, 1905, and Alice, who was born August
On October 5, 1913, Homer D. Thompson married again, this wife being Miss Sadie Atkin, also of Beaver
City, with whom he is living. They are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
in which Mr. Thompson is an elder and teacher.
Since starting out in the business world he has made steady progress, using his time and talents wisely
and well, and today he is numbered among the prosperous merchants of his native city.
Source: Utah Since Statehood, 1920