Biography of Herbert A. Thompson


Thompson, Herbert A., Buffalo, coal and wood dealer at the corner of Broadway and Curtiss streets, was born in the village of Du Plain, Clinton county, Mich., September 1, 1861, and is a son of James and Margaret E. (Moore) Thompson, the former a carpenter by trade. The family removed to St. Johns, Mich., where Herbbert A. attended the public and high schools, from which he was graduated. Being interested in the study of sciences he took special courses at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for four years, his principal study being astronomy. While there he manufactured an eight-inch reflecting telescope which is now mounted and in use in the St. John (Mich.) High School. In 1889 Mr. Thompson came to Buffalo and was employed in the city engineer's office as a draughtsman for four years. During that time he established his present wood and coal trade and afterward added a general storage business. Mr. Thompson is still a devoted student of science and has the practical requirements of a good mechanic. He has under construction an eighteen-inch reflecting telescope which will be completed in 1898. He is a member of New Era Lodge No. 410, I. O. O. F.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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