Born October 16, 1854
|Chancey Tompkins is one of the successful farmers and stockmen of Wyoming township, whose home is on section 20. He was born in New York state, October 16, 1854, and is a son of Rufus and Harriett (Woodard) Tompkins. They were natives of the same state as their son and came with their family to Iowa in 1867, locating in Wyoming township, Jones county, where they passed the remainder of their days. Nine children were born to them. Carrie, who is the wife of Fordam Woods, of Wyoming township; Mary, deceased; Rhoda, who is the wife of George Holub, of the same township; Emma, who is the wife of John Demming, now living in Montana; Chancey, the subject of this sketch; Edward, who lives in South Dakota; Gus, a resident of Goodland, Kansas; John, of Wyoming township; and one who died in infancy.
Chancey Tompkins was about thirteen years of age when his parents came to this county and received his education in the common schools, whence he derived all the instruction be could during the few months in which they held session. In the meanwhile he worked upon the farm with his father, participating in all of the labor that was carried on there, and not until he was twenty-six years old attempting to start in life for himself. At that age he married and established his home on a rented farm. After five years' experience as a tenant he bought the place on which he is now living but which was only partly improved at the time. It embraces one hundred and forty-seven acres on section 20, and through careful cultivation well supports the general line of agriculture to which Mr. Tompkins has devoted his energies. He has also engaged largely in the stock business, raising, feeding and shipping large numbers of cattle and hogs. From experience he has learned the value of incessant toil in obtaining appreciable returns in his calling and his capacity for industry united with the good judgment he displays in the management of his affairs has won him, a, measure of success that is gratifying indeed.
At the age of twenty-six, Mr. Tompkins wedded Miss Mary Jennings, a native of Ohio, and their union has been blessed with two children. Iva, the older, graduated from the Wyoming high school and is now the wife of Dr. Chamberlain, of Wyoming. Lyle, lives at home.
Mrs. Tompkins is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, but Mr. Tompkins does not profess allegiance to any creed. Politically, he is in sympathy with the platform of the democratic party, for whose candidate he. almost invariably casts his vote at. the polls. For himself, however, he has never sought office, although he has served efficiently as a school director for a number of years.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 163.
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