Biography of Henry E. Thompson
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Henry E. Thompson. - Among the substantial citizens of Chateaugay, Henry E. Thompson, postmaster, is one of the best known. He was born at Chateaugay, Dec. 29, 1879, the son of Alexander and Sarah (McCracken) Thompson.

Alexander Thompson, also a native of Chateaugay, was born in 1852. He is of Scotch descent, and in early life engaged in general farming in Franklin County. He is now connected with the Chateaugay post office. Mr. Thompson was married in 1877 to Miss Sarah McCracken, the daughter of Henry McCracken, of Huntingdon, Quebec. They are the parents of two sons: Henry E., the subject of this sketch; and Gordeon A., born July 4, 1886, died in 1925. He is buried in Chateaugay.

The boyhood of Henry E. Thompson was spent in Chateaugay and he attended the public schools. At the age of 16 years he accepted a position as clerk in a local mercantile store, with which he was identified for 11 years, with the exception of two years, 1900-01, when he conducted a business of his own, north of Chateaugay on the Canadian border. Mr. Thompson was employed in the offices of the Franklin County Road Commission for a period of four years, and afterwards spent nine years with Spellman-Oliver & Company of Chateaugay. In 1916 Mr. Thompson, in partnership with a Mr. Oliver, purchased the dry goods business of Langto Brothers. He was appointed cashier in the office of the State Treasurer in 1922, but returned to Chateaugay in 1924 to accept the appointment of postmaster.

On Jan. 1, 1902, Mr. Thompson was united in marriage with Miss Bertha M. Barnes, the daughter of Leander Barnes of Chateaugay. He is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are the parents of two sons: 1. Elmer A., born Dec. 12, 1903, a graduate of the Bliss Electrical School, Washington, D. C. He is now identified with the General Electric Company at Pittsfield, Mass. 2. Harry B., born Feb. 25, 1905, a graduate of Potsdam Normal School and New York University. At the present time he is principal of a grade school at Woodbury, L. I.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He has always been a Republican.

For the past 30 years Mr. Thompson has been interested in the study of insurance and is recognized throughout Northern New York as an authority on the underlying science of insurance as applied to all types of risk.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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