From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 280, Prairie Township, White County, Indiana
"BENTON THOMPSON is a native of Hancock County, Illinois, and is the fifth of the eight children born to ALMAN and ISABELLA THOMPSON. The father was a physician, but resided on a farm, which was conducted by his sons. On this farm, BENTON labored until he reached manhood, attending to his education in the meantime. For several terms, he taught school, and in 1874 began clerking in the drug store of GEORGE PATTON, at Brookston. In April, 1875, MR. PATTON sold and MR. THOMPSON remained with the purchasers. In September, 1875, MR. PATTON bought back, and the firm of PATTON & THOMPSON was established, and was continued until April, 1879, when a sale of stock was made, MR. THOMPSON remaining as clerk for the purchasers. July 8, 1881, MR. THOMPSON became sole proprietor of the establishment, and he now carries a stock valued at over $2,500, and is doing a lucrative trade, his location being a desirable one for business, and his reputation as a druggist and gentleman an enviable one."