Friday, January 29, 2010

O. E. Thompson's golden anniversary announcement

O. E. Thompson and his wife Elizabeth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the tail end of 1909 with a lunch party at their home at 113 Cross Street.

This appears to be the NE corner of Cross and River at the Thompson building; did they live upstairs?

O. E. was 71 years old when, three and 1/2 months later, he died on March 29, 1910 of a gangrenous right leg.

Dusty D was interested to note "No Presents" in the invitation; thought that was a modern custom.

O. E. had an expressive face. In it I see the faraway gaze of a dreamer-inventor, a curious intelligence and orderly mind, and a calm and confident and ethical nature.

He was esteemed in town, as you can see by the size of his obituary (and its headline, unusually large compared to other obits) and the affection within it.

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