Esther Berneta Thompson

1906–1976 (Age 70)
Maquoketa, Jackson, Iowa, United States

The Life of Esther Berneta

When Esther Berneta Thompson was born in 1906, in Maquoketa, Jackson, Iowa, United States, her father, Augustas R. Thompson, was 54 and her mother, Elizabeth Ann Hoyt, was 31. She married Walter Godard on 18 October 1933, in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Jackson Township, Jackson, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Farmers Creek Township, Jackson, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 22 May 1976, at the age of 70, and was buried in Andrew Cemetery, Jackson, Iowa, United States.

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Esther Berneta Thompson
Walter Godard
Marriage: 18 October 1933
Harley Thompson Godard

Spouse & Children

18 October 1933
Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States


  • Harley Thompson Godard


Parents & Siblings

  • Augustas R. Thompson


  • Elizabeth Ann Hoyt




  • Ruth H Thompson


  • Female1906–1976Female

  • Lois Leona Thompson


  • Alvin Ross Thompson


  • Cyril Thompson


World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 0

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 7

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 20

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

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 .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Estes V Thompson in household of A R Thompson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Esther B Thompson in household of August R Thompson, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Ester Thompson in household of Augustus Thompson, "United States Census, 1910"

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