John Louis Thomson, 1918

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Where: 1818 Coventry Rd, Columbus, OH 43212, USA

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When: 01 November 1918

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John Louis Thomson was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1881 and moved to New York City in 1902. After an early start as a businessman, Mr. Thomson studied and became successful in systemizing factory work. In September 1904, John married Mabel Jackson, a native of England, and together they had a daughter, Evelyn. The family moved back to Ohio where Mr. Thomson established his business system in several of the larger manufacturing plants of Columbus. The family resided at 1810 Coventry Road. By 1918, Mr. Thomson had joined the automobile distributing firm of Carroll & Thompson. John was a "quiet, modest, retiring gentleman" a member of the Upper Arlington Fishing Club who enjoyed tennis, bowling and swimming. Thomson's daughter, Evelyn, died tragically at the age of fifteen but left an impressive record of community involvement. She was one of six Upper Arlington students elected by the student body to serve as school commissioners. In March of 1919, she contributed a report to the Norwester describing the success of the first children's party held at the Upper Arlington schoolhouse, where Mr. Thomson was in charge of showing the "moving pictures."

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Identifier: hinw13p020i01
Date (yyyy-mm-dd): c. 1918-11
Original Dimensions: 3.8 cm x 6.4 cm
Format: Black and White Halftone Photograph
Source: Norwester, November 1918, page 20
Original Publisher: Upper Arlington Community (Ohio)
Location/s: Upper Arlington (USA, Ohio, Franklin County)
Repository: Upper Arlington Historical Society
Digital Publisher: Upper Arlington Public Library, UA Archives

Credit: UA Archives - Upper Arlington Public Library (Repository: UA Historical Society)


Owner: UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
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