††††††††††† A member of the Shearon family, pioneer settlers of the Ojai Valley; Sarah Thompson has always lived in this part of the state and is the widow of Charles H. Thompson, whose ranching interests she is successfully managing.† Mr. Thompson was born in New York City, October 23, 1873, a son of Thomas and Winnifred (Clark) Thompson, who were natives of Ireland.† The father followed the occupation of a gardener until 1877, when he came to Ventura County, locating first in the lower Ojai Valley, and later in the upper valley, where he engaged in the raising of grain and hay.† He owned a large and productive vineyard and in the early days made fifty thousand gallons of wine.† In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thompson there were nine children, of whom five are now living:† Joseph, James, John, Mrs. C. E. Gibson and Mrs. Elsie Ritner.
††††††††††† The educational advantages enjoyed by Charles H. Thompson were those afforded by the public schools in the Ojai Valley.† He early became familiar with agricultural pursuits and after managing the home place began farming on his own account, purchasing land on the Carne Road, near Ojai.† This tract, formerly known as the Burnet place, he cultivated until the close of his career, specializing in the growing of citrus fruits, and his orchards are still considered among the best in this district.† On his ranch are lemon trees more than forty years old and orange trees nearly thirty years old which are in fine bearing condition.† Experience and study taught him the most effective methods of fruit raising and prosperity rewarded his intelligently directed labors.† Practically his entire life was spent in the Ojai Valley, for which he had a deep and abiding affection, and was always an earnest advocate of movements for its behalf.† He was esteemed for his public spirit, his industry and honesty and his passing on November 20, 1930, at the age of fifty-seven years, was mourned by all who knew him.† Apparently strong and well, he had a weak heart but could not forego the pleasure of witnessing athletic sports, although advised by his physician not to attend baseball games or boxing matches as the excitement might prove fatal.† In religious belief he was a Catholic, and his fraternal connections were with the Knights of Columbus at Oxnard and Ventura Lodge, No. 1430, B. P. O. E.
††††††††††† By his first wife, who was Miss Addie McKenna, Mr. Thompson had two children:† Irwin, who is now in Hollywood, California; and Mrs. Adelaide Thompson, of San Francisco.† For his second wife Mr. Thompson chose Mrs. Sarah Gibson and a daughter, Patricia Ann, was born to them.† She is nearly eight years of age and attends the school near her home.† Since her husbandís death Mrs. Thompson has efficiently operated the farm, continuing the production of citrus fruits, and has twenty-one acres in oranges and four acres in lemons.† She belongs to the Womanís Club of Ojai and has long occupied a prominent place in the social life of the community by reason of her fine qualities of heart and mind.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 239-240, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,† Indianapolis.† 1933.
© 2012 †V. Gerald Iaquinta.