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Mrs. E. E. Thompson (1864-1950) / Highland House

Papers, 1879-1985

MC 181

3 Boxes and 1 oversize box (1.33 cu.ft.)

About Amanda Elizabeth Homiston Thompson

Amanda Elizabeth Homiston (Mrs. E.E.) Thompson was born in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin in 1864, the daughter of Aurelias Homiston and Amanda E. Thompkins. She married Elmer Ellsworth Thompson on September 15, 1885 and they had two children, a daughter, Ethel Elizabeth, in 1886 and a son, Sereno Wright, in 1889. In 1896 they adopted another daughter, Ina. They lived for a while in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and then in Williamsburg, Virginia. By 1921 they were in Durham, New Hampshire at Highland House. According to Eloise Woodman in her book Descendants of Captain John Woodman: The Man From Oyster River, Sarah J.Woodman, owner of the Highland House, leased the House and Farm in 1921 for three years. There is no mention to whom. The 1944 Durham Town Report shows Mrs. E.E. Thompson and Ina E. Thompson as owners of Highland House.

Upon Sarah J. Woodman’s death in 1935, Fred B. Philbrick became executor of her estate. This could explain why materials from Newmarket Light, Heat and Power Co. are in this collection of papers, since Mr. Philbrick was its Treasurer and later its General Manager.

	
		         Thompson Family Tree (partial)

         Sereno Wright Thompson		Aurelias Homiston
             m. Sarah (Collins)             m. Amanda E.(Thompkins)
	           ^				  ^
                   ^                              ^
                   ^                              ^
      Elmer Ellsworth Thompson  m. 1885  Amanda Elizabeth Homiston
	     (1862-1933)                      (1864-1950)
        _____________________________________________________
        ^                           ^                       ^
        ^                           ^                       ^
        ^                           ^                       ^
   Ethel Elizabeth	        Sereno Wright	          Ina (adopted)
      (1886-1957)		 (1889-1910)	           (1896-1993)
       aged 71 yrs		 aged 21 yrs 	     	    aged 97 yrs
   m. Harrie Rand
    Oct. 15, 1932
        ^
        ^
        ^
  Weldon (Stepson)
	

About the Mrs. E. E. Thompson-Highland House collection

The Mrs. E.E. Thompson-Highland House collection consists of five series. The first series contains correspondence to and from members of the Thompson family, 1879-1985, and photographs, with the majority of the correspondence to Mrs. E.E. Thompson at Highland House being between 1933-1940. The second series concerns the operation of Highland House and contains bills and receipts, solicitations for advertising business, and correspondence written by one of the residents. Series III consists of receipts, bills, and checkbook registers for the Newmarket Light, Heat, and Power Co., whose connection to Highland House is speculated on above. The fourth series contains miscellaneous materials – bank books belonging to people whose connection to the Thompsons and Highland House is unknown, printed items, and booklets and pamphlets. Finally, Series V is comprised of oversized materials, most of which are newspaper advertisements.

Folder Listing

  1. Thompson Family
    1. Correspondence of Mrs. E.E. Thompson, 1879-1940
    2. Correspondence of Ethel Thompson, 1898-1948
    3. Correspondence of Sereno and Ina Thompson, 1898-1985
    4. Family Miscellaneous
    5. Photographs
  2. Highland House
    1. Bills and receipts
    2. Solicitations for business and advertisements
    3. Material pertaining to Highland House Farm
    4. Letters from Ralph Bentley, former resident, May-August 1943
  3. Newmarket Light, Heat and Power Company, 1897-1917
  4. Miscellaneous
    1. Bank books of others
    2. Printed items
  5. Oversize Materials
	

I. THOMPSON FAMILY

A. Correspondence of Mrs. E.E. Thompson, 1879-1940

BOX 1 f.1 To Libby in Sun Prairie, Wisc. from H. Gilbert, Dec. 22, 1872. From Libby in Spencer, Wisc. to Papa (transcribed), Nov. 27, 1883. From Libby in Sun Prairie, Wisc. to "Dear All" (transcribed), Sept. 2, 1889. To Elizabeth from Emma, July 1907. To Mrs. Thompson in Williamsburg, Va. from Rebie (transcribed), Aug. 10, 1910. To Mrs. E.E Thompson in Williamsburg, Va. from S.M. Bixby and Co., Dec. 20, 1918. To Mrs. Thompson in Williamsburg from H.A.R., Dec. 1, 1921. f.2 To Mr. Thompson at Highland House from Mrs. F.R. Brown, June 26, 1924 (all the following are addressed to Highland House, Durham, N.H.). To Mrs. Thompson from Frank P. Farnum, Dec. 23, 1927. To Mrs. Thompson from Florence W. Libbey, Dec. 30, 1927. To Mother Thompson from "Your Boy, C.", May 7, 1930. To Mrs. Thompson from Charlotte, April 12, 1931. To Elizabeth from S.C., Oct. 13, 1930. To Mr. & Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Mr.& Mrs. George Webster, 1930. To Mrs. Thompson from Mary O'Leary, June 4, 1931. f.3 To Mr. E.E. Thompson from Harrie, Aug. 15, 1933. To Mr. E.E. Thompson from Ethel, Aug. 16, 1933. To Mrs. Thompson, Ina & Ethel from Mrs. Laur & Mabelle, Dec. 19, 1933. To Mrs. E.E. Thompson & Daughter from Emily and Walter Hale, Dec. 19, 1937. To Elizabeth from Emma, April 24, 1938. To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Ethel, Aug. 29, 1938. Sep. 1, 1938 To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Ethel Oct. 9, 1938 To Elizabeth from Emma Oct. 22, 1938 To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from ---- Gouch Oct. 29, 1938 To Elizabeth from Emma Nov. 1, 1938 To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Mr.& Mrs. Thistle Feb. 26, 1939 To Mrs. Thompson from Edith M. Philbrick Mar. 9, 1939 To Elizabeth from Mrs. Geoge T. Chase Apr. 3, 1939 To Aunt Elizabeth from Edith Apr. 6, 1939 To Mrs. Thompson from Stanley Cullington Mar. 6, 1940 To Mrs. Thompson from Dr. John D. Butler March 29, 1940 To Elizabeth from Emma Sept. 1, 1940 To Aunt Elizabeth from Willard f.4 From Elizabeth to H.S. Shaw, undated. Fragment from Emma, undated. To You & the girls from M Isabel & Helen G. Hallett, undated. To Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson from Florence H. Copley, undated. To Mrs. Thompson from Miss Gouch, undated. To Mrs. Thompson from Geraldine (Mrs. A.C. McMahon), undated. To Mrs. Thompson from "Erne,", undated. To Mrs. Thompson from Geraldine, undated. To Mrs. Thompson from Mrs. M.E. Griffiths, undated (this reads as a eulogy for Elmer Ellsworth Thompson).

B. Correspondence of Ethel Thompson (Mrs. Harry Rand)

f.5 June 27, 1898 To Grandpa from Ethel July 16, 1900 To Ethel in Burke, Wisc. from A. Homiston (Grandpa) Jan. 30, 1924 To Ethel in Williamsburg, Va from Pearl Schuick Thomas Apr. 26, 1930 To Ethel at Highland House from Mildred Dec. 25, 1931 To Ethel from Aunt Em Jan. 15, 1942 To Mrs. Harrie Rand from Mary Selby De Iturralde June 2, 1943 To Ethel from Aunt Em f.6 May 6, 1944 To Mr. & Mrs. Harrie Rand from Helen Marie Thompson May 15, 1944 To Ethel from Bertha June 7, 1944 To Mrs. Ethel E. Rand from PFC R.A. Thompson June 8, 1944 To Ethel from Aunt Emma Oct. 1947 To Ethel from Marge, Weldon & Little Harrie Oct. 14, 1947 To Mr. & Mrs. Harrie Rand from Claire, Leon & "The Boys" Oct. 15, 1947 To Mr. & Mrs. Harrie Rand from Mother 1948 To Ethel from Grace July 20, 1948 To Ethel from Pauline & Norman no date To Miss Thompson from Mrs. A.O.Gorman Munkhouse f.7 July 1948 To Mrs. Harrie Rand 15 Sympathy Cards f.8 July 1948 To Mrs. Harrie Rand 18 Sympathy Cards f.9 July 1948 To Mrs. Harry Rand 19 Sympathy Cards

C. Correspondence of Sereno and Ina Thompson

f.10 June 27, 1898 From Sereno to Grandpa (A. Homiston) (transcribed) May 12, 1909 To Sereno from Ella Hegy Sept. 22, 1909 To Sereno from Aunt Em Dec. 20, 1909 To Sereno from Aunt Em Feb. 10, 1910 To Sereno from Aunt Em March 29, 1910 To Sereno from Aunt Em Aug. 29, 1938 To Ina from Ethel Aug. 29, 1938 To Ina from Weldon Jan. 8, 1965 To Ina from Marilyn, Bill, Carrie & Donna Dresser Dec. 5, 1985 To Ina from Steve and Annette Stevens

D. Family Miscellaneous

f.11 Fond du Lac High School Report for Libbie Homiston, Mar. 28, 1879 Congregational Sunday School Card with class roll from Sun Prairie, Wisc. for Sereno Thompson Two car registrations to Elmer Thompson in 1931 & 1932 A Nationwide Cash-Credit Account Card (Ina) Baby Announcement for a David Francis Evans for Ina in 1987 Envelope of miscellaneous receipts saved by Ina in 1986 & 1987 Copy of a newspaper article from the Commonwealth of Fond du Lac, Wisc., Friday, October 4, 1895: an obituary of Almira Homiston Copy of a newspaper article from the "Sun Prairie Countryman" of Sun Prairie, Wisc., Thursday, June 4, 1908: an article featuring the Commencement of the Sun Prairie High School in which has a class picture showing an Arthur & Willard Thompson. The article states that Willard Thompson was assigned the Salutatory. Copy of a newspaper article from the The Daily Commonwealth of Fond du Lac, Wisc., Saturday, January 29, 1910: An article giving birthday congratulations to Mrs. R.W.Bass on her 80th Birthday.

E. Photographs

f.12 e.1 B&W 1 1/2" by 2 1/2" photo of an unidentified male in uniform (?). e.2 B&W 3" by 4 1/2" of unidentified male & 2 women: written on back - "Papa, Addie B. and Susan Mae sitting on the bumper." e.3 B&W 3" by 4 1/2" photo of unidentified male & a woman: written on back - "Papa and Addie B. at the wheel." e.4 B&W 3" by 4 1/2" photo of unidentified baby in a highchair e.5 B&W 3" by 4 1/2"- 5 photos sent from Los Angeles, Ca on Sept. 2, 1918 to Mrs. E.E. Thompson, Williamsburg, Va. (1 of "Mr. & Mrs. Rood, Fern Robinson and cousin"; 1 of "Bird cage in Griffith Park, Glendale, Ca. and 2 of "Lojango Canyon, CA" and an unidentified photo. e.6 B&W 3 1/2" by 5 1/2" photo of an unidentified house. Written on back: "Home in Williamsburg across from Palace Green by Tyler Family." e.7 B&W 4 " by 6 1/2" photo of the Community Church in Durham sent to Mrs. E.E. Thompson at Highland House by Clement Moran, Durham, N.H. e.8 B&W 2" by 2 1/2" Daguerreotype photo of unidentified woman. e.9 B&W 5" by 7" photo of an unidentified woman, circa 1940 e.10 Hand Colored copy from a photo of an unidentified woman, circa 1930. e.11 Color 5" by 7" photo "To Ina, From Jim Douthart, Lunar Eclipse, July 1982." e.12 Color 4" by 6" photo of unidentified white cat.

II. HIGHLAND HOUSE

A. Bills and Receipts

BOX 1 f.13 Assorted combination of bills and receipts (1926-1940) for E.E. Thompson, Highland House or Mrs. E.E. Thompson: included is an envelope of electric bills from 1931. f.14 Assorted combinaton of bills and receipts (1946-1947) for Mrs. E.E. Thompson and Ina Thompson. f.15 Copies of Bank Loans, Chattel Mortgages, Insurance Policies and Bank receipts by Mrs. E.E. and Ina Thompson. f.16 Mixed correspondence (1931-1938) to Highland House: notes asking for weekly rates, requests for charity donations and social security paperwork. f.17 Mixed correspondence (1939-1947) to Highland House: notes sending thanks for a great stay, late payment notices and social security paperwork.

B. Solicitations for business and advertisements

BOX 2 f.1 Advertisement listings of Wholesale Food & Produce Prices 1938-1940. f.2 Advertisements for blankets, sheets, linens, glassware, dishes, uniforms and paper goods. (Several advertisements are dated 1939-1940). f.3 Newspapers, Travel Magazines and State Publications soliciting advertisements of Highland House, dated 1930-1940. f.4 Newspapers, including an example in print & Sportmans Magazine soliciting advertisement of Highland House: none dated. f.5 Assorted advertisements to Highland House: example of items include newspaper ads, movie theater notices, piano tuning & water sports equipment. f.6 More assorted advertisements to Highland House: examples of items include personalized pencils, hotel stationary, tennis equipment and mattresses.

C. Material Pertaining to Highland House Farm

BOX 2 f.7 This folder contains a variety of papers having to do with the farming industry. There are notes and advertisements having to do with poultry, egg production, fertilizer and different feeds. f.8 This folder contains a variety of papers having to do with farming. There are notes from the New England Milk Producers' Association (1930-1940) and Merrimack Farmers' Exchange Price List.

D. Letters from Ralph C. Bentley who stayed at Highland House (May 1943- June 1943)

f.9 There are 7 letters from Ralph C. Bentley to various people: to a farm in Methuen, MA, looking for a market for his milk as he has just bought the Arthur C. Willey farm in Newmarket, N.H.; to Mrs. Florence E. Bentely asking her and Floss to come to Highland House; to Misses B.J. & M.L. Spring asking them to come to Highland House for a visit; to Mrs. L.M. Brown asking her to come and see the farm; to Mr. Christie in East Kingston asking the price of about 1500 chicks & 2 letters to First Radio Parish Church.

III. NEWMARKET LIGHT, HEAT, AND POWER COMPANY, 1897-1917

BOX 2 f.10 Receipts and bills (1898-1900) of James W. Burnham who was President of the Newmarket Light, Heat and Power Co. Also included is the Amended New Hampshire Charter for Newmarket Light, Heat and Power Co. of 1897. f.11 Receipts and bills (1901) for Newmarket Light, Heat and Power Co. f.12 Receipts and bills (1901). f.13 Receipts and bills (1901). f.14 Receipts and bills (1901-1904). f.15 Receipts and bills (1908-1917) with a change to Fred B. Philbrick, Treasurer and later General Manager of Newmarket Light, Heat and Power. BOX 3 Several of the following checkbook registers have the name James W. Burnham written on the inside cover. f.1 Checkbook (1890-1891). Checkbook Register (1896-1897). f.2 Checkbook Register (1898). Checkbook Register (Mar.-May,1899). f.3 Checkbook Register (June 1899). Checkbook Register (July 1899). f.4 Checkbook register (Jan. 1900). Checkbook Register (Apr.-Sept. 1911). f.5 Checkbook Register (1911-1912). Checkbook Register (1912-1913). f.6 Checkbook Register (1914). f.7 Checkbook Registers - not dated.

IV. MISCELLANEOUS

A. Bank books of others

BOX 3 f. 8 Four bankbooks (1920-1937) for accounts in New York City for Mathilda Deringer. One bankbook (1931-1938) for the estate of Mrs. Mathilda Deringer; John A. Deringer, Adm. One bankbook (1928-1937) for Miss Edith J. Best in trust for aunt, Mrs. Emily M. Doane. One bankbook (1956-1966) for John Howard Deringer at Laconia Savings Bank. Empire City Auto Plate & Mat. Co account book with Clarke Brothers Bankers, NY (1916-1918)

B. Printed Items

f.9 1856 Quarterly Ticket for Almira Homiston. Five cards for John A. Deringer showing membership to the Freemasons. A piece of Highland House stationery. A postcard to Mrs. F.B. Philbrick. Receipt for insured mail. Birthday card "from your son Frank." Wedding announcement by Mr. Mrs. John Ray in Portsmouth, N.H. Memorandum for Clarke Brothers, Bankers. Misc. Postcards circa 1938. Program for Annual Garden Club Luncheon, 1940 Program for Annual Convention of Rural Letter Carriers, 1944. Small Poster for a Church Program sponsored in Sun Prairie, Wisc., 1898. Highland House Alphabet - looks like verses to a song about Highland House and those who worked there. Listing of Community Church Activities in Durham. Financial Report of the Community Church in Durham in 1939. Brown envelope with address of Fuller Regalia & Costume Co (Badges a Specialty). f.10 Assortment of Booklets & Pamphlets: "Dinner is Served, 1940" - a pocket guide to Inns and Hotels. The Edison Institute Museum and Village of Dearborn, Michigan. The Seacoast Region of New Hampshire. Woman's Club of Durham, N.H. Year Book, 1940-1941. 1920 Ayer's American Almanac. An advertising packet by the Board of Trade for Pittsfield, MA, including a 1912 list of Inns and Hotels. Eighth Annual N.H. Egg And Baby Chick Show, 1939. 1939 Annual Report of the Town of Durham. 1939 Mass. Investors Trust Annual Report. Catalogue for Endicott Junior College. Personal Finance Co. booklet of "Where Does My Money Go." 1939 New Hampshire Poultry Growers' Association.

V. OVERSIZE MATERIAL

Oversize Box 1 f.1 Newspaper Advertisements. f.2 Newspaper Advertisements and Lodging Books. f.3 Advertisements for Magazines and Books. f.4 Miscellaneous papers, advertisements and a 1938 FBI Wanted Poster. f.5 Advertisements for clothes and plants. f.6 Advertisements for dishes, furniture, linens and appliances. f.7 Advertisements for dishes, furniture, linens and appliances.

2 Responses to “Mrs. E. E. Thompson (1864-1950) / Highland House”

  1. nina terzian Says:

    I HAVE IN MY POSSESION A BEAUTIFUL GOLD FREEMASON ANTIQUE CEREMONEY SWORD WITH THE NAME ELMER T. THOMPSON 32. ON THE GOLD SHEATH…33. M. C. LILLEY COLUMBUS OH.IS THE MAKER. JUST WONDERING IF THIS IS THE FAMILY OF ELMER E. THOMPSON…THE DATES ALL SEEM TO CORRESPOND. THE SWORD IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND I AM DRAWN TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT! SO IF THERE IS ANY CONNECTION PLEASE LET ME KNOW. MOST SINCERELY, NINA TERZIAN

  2. Roland Goodbody Says:

    Hello Nina.

    Sorry to take so long to answer your December query.

    I don’t think our Elmer E. Thompson is your man. He was born in Wisconsin and died in Colorado in 1948. But your Elmer T. Thompson could be the Elmer T. Thompson I found on Ancestrylibrary.com (see the link below), who was born in Ohio in 1872 and married Effie A., although there seem to be a lot of Elmer Thompson’s, many of them from Ohio. I chose Ohio only because your sword was made there.

    (http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&gsfn=elmer+t&gsln=thompson&gsby=&gsb2co=2%2cUSA&gsb2pl=38%2cOhio&gsdy=&gsd2co=1%2cAll+Countries&gsd2pl=1%2c+&sbo=0&sbor=&ufr=0&wp=4%3b_80000002%3b_80000003&srchb=r&prox=1&db=&ti=5542&ti.si=0&gl=allgs&gss=ansmp&so=1&o_iid=21416&o_lid=21416)

    Roland Goodbody Manuscripts Curator

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