A Tribute to Donald W. Thompson
The Keeper of Salem Township Records

Mr. Thompson was known by all in the Richmond area and throughout Salem Township area as quite a history buff. He kept meticulous records of which are referred to throughout this website.  

Donald W. Thompson's Obituary

Richmond Historian Donald W. Thompson dies (Steubenville Herald Star, Sept 17, 1998)  “RICHMOND- Donald W. Thompson, 97, of Main Street, local expert on the history of Richmond and vicinity, died Wednesday, Sept 16, 1998, in Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville.

He was born Aug 25, 1901, in East Springfield, a son of the late William R. and Ardena Rhinehart Thompson.  He also was preceded in death by his wife, Tracy Rogers Thompson who died in 1980; two brothers, Frank and Doyle; and three sisters, Lola Thompson, Josephine Bishop and Florence Spahn.

He was a member of the Richmond Historical Society, Richmond United Methodist Church and the East Springfield Senior Citizens.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Earl (Meryle) Kindsvater of Steubenville, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 6-9p.m. today and from noon until time of services at 2:00p.m. Friday at Everhart Funeral Home, 110 West Main St. with the Rev. Larry Hukill officiating Burial will follow in the Richmond Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Richmond Historical Society, Richmond, OH 43944.”  

{A note of interest}: Mr. Thompson kept several church and cemetery ledgers from the Richmond and East Springfield areas.  These ledgers were loaned to the Jefferson County Chapter, OGS, photocopied and returned.

John Thompson

Submitted by Nancy Messier (NDMessier@aol.com) - July 17, 2011

My g-g-grandfather, John Thompson, died in the Infirmary.  According to Union County Cemetery interment information, John died of pneumonia and was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave on county ground at the cemetery.  John died on March 4, 1923, and was buried on March 7, 1923.

Hugh & Josiah Thompson and Allied Families

" Everything is in my Dropbox account.  This is a temporary storage/sharing place, so you should copy from rather than linking to the item(s)."

The link to what I have that is related to Jefferson County is https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ifcnutu2styagm/s-ws4TTngm

The McLaughlin's house in Adena is (I think) the first house southeast of the old bank building on the corner of Main and Bridge Street.

I think the barns and the farm house in the pictures were located at the Piney Fork Cemetery location.


Thank you!
Ken Thomson
Submitted April 2013