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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Thompson (1858-1926)

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Born at Queensboro, Ontario on 15 June 1858, he worked as a reporter for the Toronto Globe for several years and Secretary to Sir Mackenzie Bowell before coming to Manitoba, where he started work as a customs office clerk in 1882. He was later promoted to customs inspector, retiring in 1920. As a young man he was prominent in rowing and hockey, and was a member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club and the St. George’s Snowshoe Club. In 1892, he married Florence Daly Lucas. They had one son, Lucas Gilbert Thompson (b 1893). He died at his Winnipeg home, 328 Assiniboine Avenue, on 11 December 1926 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dies”, newspaper clipping dated 13 December 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“Well known resident in early days dies”, Manitoba Free Press, 13 December 1926, page 17.

“Funeral of W. H. Thompson attended by many friends”, Manitoba Free Press, 15 December 1926, page 9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2012

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