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Ora Frances Lawless, (2), daughter of Oliver Perry and Margaret Lawless, was born on May 15, 1866, in the farm home near Columbus, Illinois. She was married to Alexander Thompson, a farmer in Adams County, in her home on January 20, 1890. The Reverend William Groves officiated. He was born March 17, 1861.  They located on a farm one mile west of Columbus, living there until 1910, when they moved to Camp Point. She was a member of the Christian Church at Columbus; however, she and her husband were active throughout the years in the Methodist Church where he was a member. Both taught classes in the Sunday School, and he was Sunday School Superintendent and a member of the Board of Trustees of the church. Their entire adult lives both she and her husband took an active part in community projects. He served as Township Collector, Township Supervisor, Commissioner of the Fabius Drainage District, and on the Board of Education of both grade and high schools. Whether they came for a day or for weeks, the many visitors in the home were received with warm hospitality. Without neglect of her own family she managed to help care for the ill in many homes of the neighborhood. She was Chairman of the Lawless Family History which was published in 1927. She died on December 12, 1930, in Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Her husband died on October 7, 1944, in his home at Quincy. Both were buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point. They had six children: Ida Mae, Maude Ann, Margaret Elizabeth, and three who died in infancy.


Ida Mae Thompson, (3), daughter of Alexander and Ora (Lawless) Thompson, was born in the farm home near Columbus, Illinois, on November 14, 1890. She attended Maplewood High School. She was married toHarry Lee Wilhoit, a farmer of Columbus, in her home on December 18, 1912. They lived on the farm where she was reared all their married lives. Both were active members of the Christian Church at Columbus. She died in their home on December 28, 1918, from epidemic influenza pneumonia and her husband died of the same disease in their home 4 days later on January 1, 1919. They were buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point. They had one child: Mildred Thompson.


Mildred Thompson Wilhoit, (4), daughter of Harry and Ida (Thompson) Wilhoit, was born on March 11, 1914, in the farm home near Columbus, Illinois. When she was four years old, both her father and mother died. Following the deaths of her parents, her home was with her grandparents, Alexander and Ora Thompson, in Camp Point. She graduated from Maplewood High School; attended Knox College, Galesburg; and received a B.S. Degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1937. The family located in Quincy in 1933. She was married to Vivion Forman Lowell, of Galesburg, on August 31, 1935, in the First Christian Church, Quincy. The Reverend W. A. Taylor officiated. He had also read the marriage ritual at the wedding of her parents. Vivian was born October 4, 1912.  Vivian graduated from Knox College with a B.A. Degree in 1934 and received his M.D. Degree from Washington University Medical School in 1938. During his years in medical school, as an intern and as a resident Doctor, their home was in St. Louis. They moved to Ypsilanti State Hospital, Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1940, where Dr. Lowell was a Staff Doctor. As a reserve officer, he entered active U. S. Army Service, 105th Medical Battalion, 30th Infantry Division, in 1941, World War II. When her husband left for overseas in 1943, she and their daughter Marcia returned to Quincy. Dr. Lowell served in Europe for 20 months and was discharged October 1945, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was decorated with the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. They returned to Ypsilanti State Hospital where Dr. Lowell was Clinical Director from 1946-1950. Since 1948 he had been a Diplomat in Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. They moved to their farm at Dallas City in 1950; then later operated a dairy farm. They located at Macomb in 1964, where Dr. Lowell was a Professor in the School of Physical Education at Western Illinois University. Both were members of the Christian Church. A Scholarship is offered at Western Illinois University in Dr. Lowell’s name. He died in January 1978 in Dallas City,Hancock County, Illinois. Mildred died?  They had one child: Marcia Wilhoit.


Marcia Wilhoit Lowell, (5), daughter of Vivion F. and Mildred (Wilhoit) Lowell, was born on January 21, 1939, in St. Louis. She was graduated from Dallas City High School, Dallas City, Illinois, in 1957. She was married to Harold Lee Bailey, of Dallas City, in her home on September 16, 1961. The Reverend Atterbury Harris officiated. Both were juniors at Western Illinois University, Macomb. He died September 26, 1962, and was buried in Harris Cemetery, Dallas City. She again enrolled at the University and was graduated in June 1968 with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture. She lives at home wit her parents and operates a pet supply shop, which is located at the home in Macomb. She is a member of the United Brethren Church.


LAWSON, LYLE (Age 72) 08/07/1936


Maude Ann Thompson, (3), daughter of Alexander and Ora Lawless Thompson, was born on April 18, 1892, in the farm home near Columbus, Illinois. She graduated from Maplewood High School, Camp Point, and from Wesley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, in 1919. She completed a course in Public Health Nursing at the School of Civics and Philanthropy, Chicago; then was Director of the Social Service Department of Wesley Memorial Hospital. She was Assistant Director of Nursing, School of Nursing Wesley Memorial Hospital 1921 to 1931; was Occupational Health Nurse Gardner-Denver Company, Quincy, 1956-1964. She returned to the family home in Camp Point in December, 1930. Her father; niece, Mildred; and she located in Quincy in 1935. She was a member of Vermont Street Methodist Church and she had served on the Official Board, also on the Board of Directors of Chaddock Boys’ School and the Women’s City Club, and was a past President of the Women’s City Club and Chapter FH, P.E.O.  She died September 3, 1988.


Margaret Elizabeth Thompson, (3), daughter of Alexander and Ora (Lawless) Thompson, was born on July 4, 1894, in the farm home near Columbus, Illinois. She graduated from Maplewood High School, Camp Point; graduated from Knox College, Galesburg, with a B.S. Degree, 1917; graduated from Secretarial School of Bryant-Stratton Business College, Chicago, 1920; and completed a course in medical laboratory procedures, Columbus Laboratories, Chicago, 1921. She taught at Maplewood High School, Camp Point, 1917-1918; was a bookkeeper in the War Department, Washington, D. C., 1918-1920; was an instructor in vocational schools of the Veterans’ Bureau 1920-1922; had been employed in the offices of Doctors Bruce, Kempton, Toshach and Yntema, Saginaw, Michigan, for more than 45 years as secretary and laboratory technician. She was the first Secretary of the Michigan State Medical Assistants’ Society. She was chosen the Medical Assistant of the Year 1963 by Saginaw County Medical Assistants’ Society. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Saginaw, and an inactive member of Daughters of the American Revolution.  She died in June 1983.


Infant Son, (3), of Alexander and Ora (Lawless) Thompson was born August 25, 1896; died August 25, 1896.


Frances Thompson, (3), daughter of Alexander and Ora (Lawless) Thompson, was born May 17, 1898; died May 26, 1898.


Infant Son, (3), of Alexander and Ora (Lawless) Thompson, was born July 30, 1899; died July 30, 1899, and was buried beside his brother and sister in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Adams County, Illinois.


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