Marinus Thompson and his wife Diantha came to Preston to colonize with other pioneers in the peaceful and pleasant surroundings of White River Valley.
They built their log house across the street east of Peter Lauritzen in "Clog Holler". Marinus and his sons, Carl and Lewis (Lute), leased Mart Petersen's farm as he was busy mining in Ward, Taylor and Delamar. They also farmed their own land.
Marinus and Diantha had four children, two daughters-Laura Thompson Vorhees and Nora Thompson Tilby, and two sons - Carl and Louis Arthur (Lute).
Mrs. Diantha Thompson, like Grandma Ane Petersen, always had a beautiful flower garden which she willingly shared with everyone as did Grandma Petersen.
Laura Thompson Vorhees and her husband lived with the Thompsons for awhile as she wanted to be with her parents. Mr. Vorhees worked for different ones for wages, but soon after arriving they moved to Ely and then back to Utah.
Nora Thompson married Vince Tilby, another arrival looking for a new home. They spent many years here, and their first child, Marinus, was the first child brought into the world by Mrs.Thomas C. Windous when she returned from her training in Salt Lake City.
Carl's wife was named Sophia. They had no children. They lived here for a few years but just leased, as they owned no property. They left and went to Utah.
Louis (Lute's) wife was Alice. They lived and worked with his parents and brother until the Allreds came and bought them out. All the Thompsons left Preston, then Lute, who stayed in the area for many years. He had a step daughter, Wilma Hebrew, who lives in Yerington. She furnished many pictures and some information for this family history.
During their stay, Marinus Thompson died and is buried in Preston.
The night Mr. Thompson died, some of the young people of Preston "sat up" with the body. This was a common practice at that time, as there was no morgue or other place to take the body. It was the responsibility of those who "sat up" with to change the wet cloths on the face, and ice packs on the body when there was ice, and keep the rodents and cats away. This was done until acoffin was made and funeral and burial arranged.
They did not attend properly to their duties, and as a result the rodents got to the body and chewed the ears off of Mr. Thompson making it necessary to arrange the burial clothes in such away as to cover up the ears - or lack of them - when they placed him in the coffin.
Written and submitted by:
(From information furnished by Andrew L. and Violet W. Petersen and Wilma Hebrew)