Biography of H. L. Thompson
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H. L. THOMPSON
No citizen has contributed more materially toward the permanent development of Hemet valley than has Mr. Thompson, who, as manager of the Hemet Land Company, has, perhaps, located a larger number of settlers than any other real estate man in the community Not confined to the commercial field are his capabilities, however, his engineering skill having won him universal renown by virtue of his invention of the ball bearing device, which in reducing friction to a minimum has proved of incalculable value to the mechanical world.

A native of Maine, Mr. Thompson was born September 10, 1860, in Wilton, Franklin county. He was educated in the public schools of his home section and in 1878 removed to Mount Vernon, Me., with his parents. As a salesman of nursery stock he subsequently traveled through Maine, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, but later transferred his services to a Massachusetts piano house, with which firm he remained twenty years, serving also in the interim as director of the Orient and president of the Comet bicycle companies, which he assisted in promoting and in which he held considerable stock. In 1905 he sold his eastern interests and as representative of the Hemet Land Company came to Riverside county, in company with a number of Boston families whom he located in the Hemet section. Since then he has given his attention to real estate enterprises, in which his success has been most gratifying, his sales in the valley having approximated thirteen thousand acres. In addition to a substantial interest in a twenty five acre orange grove, recently matured, he is the owner of forty acres of land, a thirty acre walnut orchard in bearing and a ten acre tract planted to apricots and peaches, his property being among the most highly cultivated in the valley

Mr. Thompson was united in marriage March 15, 1889, with Miss E. Whittier, a niece of Dr. W. F. Whittier, formerly of Hemet but now a resident of San Francisco, the ceremony taking place in Mount Vernon, Me., the birthplace of the bride. Frank L., the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, is now engaged with his father in the real estate business and with his wife and son Leslie K. resides in Hemet. An enthusiastic member of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Thompson serves also as a director of the Hemet Land & Water Company and holds active membership in the Republican Club. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias and he is also a member of the Rebekahs, which his wife now serves as vice grand. They are also actively associated with the Hemet Methodist Episcopal Church, Mrs. Thompson being a leading worker in the women's auxiliaries and Sunday school connected therewith.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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