Charles Thompson

Charles Thomson Born: March 11, 1843, Monroe County, West Virginia

Died: June 27, 1927, St. Joseph, Missouri

Charles Thompson is one of the five Pony Express riders buried in St. Joseph.

Charles Peck Thompson migrated with his family to St. Joseph, Missouri, when he was about fourteen years old. He described himself on an employment application as "Cyclone Thomson-- Ride anything." He served in the Civil War as a Confederate soldier. He was married twice. His first wife Effie M. Miller was (born 1883 and died in 1924) 40 years younger than Charlie. His second wife was named Matilda (born 1863, died 1918).

From family history, he probably drank and was an old disreputable geezer a long time around St. Joseph.

His obituary says he rode for one month while he was filling in for Johnny Fry who was sick. The route would have been from St. Joseph to Seneca, Kansas Territory. Also, at 16 he became an ox-team driver making trips to Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico. During the Civil War he fought for the South as an infantryman in Virginia. He seems to have farmed in several places in the area, but returned to St. Joseph permanently in 1898. At the time of his death he lived with his daughter. He is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Information provided by Mary Cox (great great grand daughter of Charles Thompson) October 1997.

Monument, Patee Park From left to right are: Cyclone Charlie Thompson, Charles Cliff, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Photo was taken in 1913 when Buffalo Bill was in St. Joseph with his Wild West Show. The monument is in Patee Park, directly across the street from the Pikes Peak Stables - now the Pony Express Museum. The Daughters of the American Revolution placed the monument in 1912 to mark the starting point of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860. A huge crowd gathered in St. Joseph for the dedication of the monument and to see Buffalo Bill. Thompson and Cliff lived in St. Joseph and joined Cody for the photo.

The five Pony Express riders buried in St. Joseph are:

Charles Cliff at Mount Mora Cemetery
James W. Brink at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Michael Whalen at Ashland Cemetery
John Phillip Koerner at Ashland Cemetery
Cyclone Charlie Thompson at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Charlie is buried in between Effie and Matilda. Matilda was the mother of his children, her marker says "Mother" as Charlies says "Father", but Effie's says "Wife". All 3 markers are identical except for the info on them.

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