William Henry Thompson

6 May 1879–13 April 1944 (Age 64)
Crawford, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Thompson was born on 6 May 1879, in Crawford, Iowa, United States, his father, George David Thompson, was 22 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Keister, was 23. He married Mabel Anna Palmer on 15 August 1900, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Dubuque, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States for about 10 years. He died on 13 April 1944, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 64.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Thompson
Mabel Anna Palmer
Marriage: 15 August 1900
Frederick William Thompson
Bernice Naomi Thompson
Lawrence Earl Thompson
Opal May Thompson
George Henry Thompson
George Thompson
Irvin A Thompson
Elmer Louis Thompson

Spouse and Children

15 August 1900
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States




    Lawrence Earl Thompson


    Opal May Thompson


    George Henry Thompson


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 5

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 19

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Thomas . Thompson is widely distributed throughout Britain, but is most common in northern England and northern Ireland.2 Americanized form of Thomsen .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William H Thompson, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • William Thompson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William H Thompson, "United States Census, 1910"

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