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Guide to the Mrs. E.E. Thompson / Highland House Papers, 1879-1985

Collection number: MC 181

Size: 4 boxes (1.33 cu.ft.)

About Amanda Elizabeth Homiston Thompson (1864-1950)

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.

Partial Thompson Family Tree

About the Mrs. E.E. Thompson/Highland House Papers

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mrs. E.E. Thompson/Highland House Papers, 1879-1985, MC 181, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Agnes R. Lylis, Hampton, NH, November 2, 2001 (Accession number: 2001.38)

Collection Contents

Series I: Thompson Family, 1879-1985

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

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 December 1872 – December 1921

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

Box 1, Folder 2 June 1924 – June 1931

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, Apr 12, 1931

To Elizabeth from S.C., Oct 13, 1930

To Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Mr. and Mrs. George Webster, 1930

To Mrs. Thompson from Mary O’Leary, June 4, 1931

Box 1, Folder 3 August 1933 – September 1940

To Mr. E.E. Thompson from Harrie, Aug 15, 1933

To Mr. E.E. Thompson from Ethel, Aug 16, 1933

To Mrs. Thompson, Ina and Ethel from Mrs. Laur and Mabelle, Dec 19, 1933

To Mrs. E.E. Thompson and Daughter from Emily and Walter Hale, Dec 19, 1937

To Elizabeth from Emma, Apr 24, 1938

To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Ethel, Aug 29, 1938

To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Ethel, Sept 1, 1938

To Elizabeth from Emma, Oct 9, 1938

To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from —- Gouch, Oct 22, 1938

To Elizabeth from Emma, Oct 29, 1938

To Mrs. E.E. Thompson from Mr. and Mrs. Thistle, Nov 1, 1938

To Mrs. Thompson from Edith M. Philbrick, Feb 26, 1939

To Elizabeth from Mrs. Geoge T. Chase, Mar 9, 1939

To Aunt Elizabeth from Edith, Apr 3, 1939

To Mrs. Thompson from Stanley Cullington, Apr 6, 1939

To Mrs. Thompson from Dr. John D. Butler, Mar 6, 1940

To Elizabeth from Emma, Mar 29, 1940

To Aunt Elizabeth from Willard, Sept 1, 1940

Box 1, Folder 4 Undated

From Elizabeth to H.S. Shaw, undated

Fragment from Emma, undated

To You and the girls from M Isabel and 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)

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

Box 1, Folder 5 June 1898 – June 1943

To Grandpa from Ethel, June 27, 1898

To Ethel in Burke, Wisc. from A. Homiston (Grandpa), July 16, 1900

To Ethel in Williamsburg, Va from Pearl Schuick Thomas, Jan 30, 1924

To Ethel at Highland House from Mildred, Apr 26, 1930

To Ethel from Aunt Em, Dec 25, 1931

To Mrs. Harrie Rand from Mary Selby De Iturralde, Jan 15, 1942

To Ethel from Aunt Em, June 2, 1943

Box 1, Folder 6 May 1944 – July 1948 and undated

To Mr. and Mrs. Harrie Rand from Helen Marie Thompson, May 6, 1944

To Ethel from Bertha, May 15, 1944

To Mrs. Ethel E. Rand from PFC R.A. Thompson, June 7, 1944

To Ethel from Aunt Emma, June 8, 1944

To Ethel from Marge, Weldon and Little Harrie, Oct 1947

To Mr. and Mrs. Harrie Rand from Claire, Leon and “The Boys,” Oct 14, 1947

To Mr. and Mrs. Harrie Rand from Mother, Oct 15, 1947

To Ethel from Grace, 1948

To Ethel from Pauline and Norman, July 20, 1948

To Miss Thompson from Mrs. A.O. Gorman Munkhouse, no date

Box 1, Folder 7 To Mrs. Harrie Rand, July 1948: 15 Sympathy Cards
Box 1, Folder 8 To Mrs. Harrie Rand, July 1948: 18 Sympathy Cards
Box 1, Folder 9 To Mrs. Harrie Rand, July 1948: 19 Sympathy Cards

Subseries C: Correspondence of Sereno and Ina Thompson

Box 1, Folder 10 June 1898 – December 1985

From Sereno to Grandpa (A. Homiston), June 27, 1898 (transcribed)

To Sereno from Ella Hegy, May 12, 1909

To Sereno from Aunt Em, Sept 22, 1909

To Sereno from Aunt Em, Dec 20, 1909

To Sereno from Aunt Em, Feb 10, 1910

To Sereno from Aunt Em, Mar 29, 1910

To Ina from Ethel, Aug 29, 1938

To Ina from Weldon, Aug 29, 1938

To Ina from Marilyn, Bill, Carrie and Donna Dresser, Jan 8, 1965

To Ina from Steve and Annette Stevens, Dec 5, 1985

Subseries D: Family Miscellaneous

Box 1, Folder 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 and 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 and 1987

Copy of a newspaper article from the Commonwealth of Fond du Lac, Wisc., Friday, Oct 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 and 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, Jan 29, 1910: An article giving birthday congratulations to Mrs. R.W. Bass on her 80th Birthday

Subseries E: Photographs

Box 1, Folder 12 Photographs
Envelope 1 B&W 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ photo of an unidentified male in uniform (?)
Envelope 2 B&W 3″ by 4 1/2″ of unidentified male and 2 women: written on back – “Papa, Addie B. and Susan Mae sitting on the bumper.”
Envelope 3 B&W 3″ by 4 1/2″ photo of unidentified male and a woman: written on back – “Papa and Addie B. at the wheel.”
Envelope 4 B&W 3″ by 4 1/2″ photo of unidentified baby in a highchair
Envelope 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. and 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
Envelope 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.”
Envelope 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.
Envelope 8 B&W 2″ by 2 1/2″ daguerreotype photo of unidentified woman
Envelope 9 B&W 5″ by 7″ photo of an unidentified woman, circa 1940
Envelope 10 Hand Colored copy from a photo of an unidentified woman, circa 1930
Envelope 11 Color 5″ by 7″ photo, “To Ina, From Jim Douthart, Lunar Eclipse, July 1982.”
Envelope 12 Color 4″ by 6″ photo of unidentified white cat

Series II: Highland House

Subseries A: Bills and Receipts

Box 1, Folder 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
Box 1, Folder 14 Assorted combinaton of bills and receipts (1946-1947) for Mrs. E.E. Thompson and Ina Thompson
Box 1, Folder 15 Copies of Bank Loans, Chattel Mortgages, Insurance Policies and Bank receipts by Mrs. E.E. and Ina Thompson
Box 1, Folder 16 Mixed correspondence (1931-1938) to Highland House: notes asking for weekly rates, requests for charity donations and social security paperwork
Box 1, Folder 17 Mixed correspondence (1939-1947) to Highland House: notes sending thanks for a great stay, late payment notices and social security paperwork

Subseries B: Solicitations for Business and Advertisements

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

Subseries C: Material Pertaining to Highland House Farm

Box 2, Folder 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.
Box 2, Folder 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.

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

Box 2, Folder 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. and 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 and 2 letters to First Radio Parish Church.

Series III: Newmarket Ligh, Heat, and Power Company, 1897-1917

Box 2, Folder 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.
Box 2, Folder 11 Receipts and bills (1901) for Newmarket Light, Heat and Power Co.
Box 2, Folder 12 Receipts and bills (1901)
Box 2, Folder 13 Receipts and bills (1901)
Box 2, Folder 14 Receipts and bills (1901-1904)
Box 2, Folder 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
Box 3, Folder 1 Checkbook (1890-1891); Checkbook Register (1896-1897)
Box 3, Folder 2 Checkbook Register (1898); Checkbook Register (Mar-May 1899)
Box 3, Folder 3 Checkbook Register (June 1899); Checkbook Register (July 1899)
Box 3, Folder 4 Checkbook register (Jan 1900); Checkbook Register (Apr-Sept 1911)
Box 3, Folder 5 Checkbook Register (1911-1912); Checkbook Register (1912-1913)
Box 3, Folder 6 Checkbook Register (1914)
Box 3, Folder 7 Checkbook Registers – not dated

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Subseries A: Bank Books of Others

Box 3, Folder 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 and Mat. Co account book with Clarke Brothers Bankers, NY (1916-1918)

Subseries B: Printed Items

Box 3, Folder 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)

Box 3, Folder 10 Assortment of Booklets and 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.

Series V: Oversized Materials

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

2 Responses to “Guide to the Mrs. E.E. Thompson / Highland House Papers, 1879-1985”

  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