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Henry/Harry C. Thompson breakthrough!
In Response To: Re: NARA ()

Hello everyone, I just wanted to say that I have just found out some awesome news!! I went on a message board for the Erie Pa. area and someone looked up the obituaries of the Thompsons for me. but there was so much information that I got extreamly excited about! First of all the obituary of Harry Thompson says that he was 75 years old and widely known as doorman of the Columbia theater and formerly connected with the U.S.S. Wolverine, will be held at 3 pm Sunday in the Burton Funeral Home. The Rev. P.C. Childs, pastor of the Shiloh Baptist church will conduct the services. a goup of (? cant read it) will act as pall bearers and as a firing squad to honor the decedent with military rites at the committal services in Erie cemetery. Mr. Thompson was well known throughout the city and the establishment of the Booker T. Washington center for negroes in this city and is credited largely to his efforts. When a young man, Mr. Thompson joined the U.S. Navy and had traveled extensively. He attained the standing of wardroom steward after he was stationed on the Wolverine, used for training purposes here. While Theodore Roosevelt was president he served on the Presidential yacht, the Mayflower. He leaves two children; Mrs. Wanita Cheeks, of this city, and John L. Thompson, of Los Angeles california. His wife died two years ago. He was a member of Bay City lodge no 68 F & A M.

from the Booker T. Washington site located at it states:
In 1923, a group of black citizens interested in the welfare of the blacke race saw a urgent need of a community center in Erie, Penn. and on jan 2 created an organization to achieve that goal. The members of the organization committe were Harry C. Thompson, the reverend H. Price, Sallie M. Park, Doctor Clarence Cheeks, Juanita Cheeks, Effie Baxter, and Charles Franklin. Later that year, Francis Purdy and the Reverend P.C. childs were added to this group body, with Mr. Thompson as its first president, formed the original board of the institution to be known as the community Center. Later that year, on Sept. 11, 1923, the name of the institution was changed to the Booker T. Washington Center.

It was only three days ago that I had placed a message on the Erie Pa. Message board. I did that after I went to "Find a Grave" and Left an Iris flower as well as a message telling Henry that we were looking for him and that if he could help guide us to his ancestors.
I am sorry for taking up so much space, but I was so excited and just wanted to share it with you! Thank you so much for your help and all of your wisdom and encouragement! You have been the brilliant North star in my search!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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