Edith Thompson Papers, 1885-1931
Primary Creator: Thompson, Edith (1885-1981)
Other Creators: Bangs, Phillip R.
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Edith Thompson was born November 5, 1885 to Will and Eugenia (Harris) Freeman. In 1904 she graduated from River Falls Wisconsin Teachers’ College. On June 24, 1908 she married Theodore Thompson at Maxbass, North Dakota. A year later their first and only daughter, Dorothea, was born.
Best touted as an early Grand Forks resident, her contributions to the community reach into the city’s developing years. Soon after graduating from college, Thompson began teaching at Thorpe, Wisconsin (1904-05) and later in Grand Forks, North Dakota (1905-07). In May of 1927 she became Grand Forks Herald Society editor. During her 36 years at the paper (1927-1963), she was honored as the “Woman of Achievement” in North Dakota journalism by the North Dakota Press Woman in 1961. The North Dakota Council of Administrative Women also recognized Thompson for outstanding contributions to Education.
Thompson was YWCA director for 14 years and co-chairman of the Y building committee. She was secretary-treasurer of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Grand Forks. She also served in several offices of the local chapter of Business and Professional Woman.
Edith Thompson died on October 22, 1981. She is buried in Buxton, North Dakota.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Method: Donation; the acquisition records are unavailable
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Edith Thompson Papers. OGLMC 167, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in December 2013.
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1
- Folder 2: World War I scrap book made by Phillip R. Bangs
- Folder 3: "Edith Thompson: Early Day Grand Forks Resident and Long Time Herald Society Editor," Red River Valley Memories, December 1996. Written by Janet Elaine Smith.
- Photographs :
- Photograph 1: Steamer Selkirk, Landing on 3rd Street: April 1882
- Photograph 2: Steamer Selkirk, Landing on 3rd Street: April 1882
- Photograph 3: [missing]
- Photograph 4: Souvenir Album, City of Grand Forks: 1897
- Photograph 5: Steamer Selkirk, Landing on 3rd Street: April 1882
- Photograph 6: Grand Forks, Third Street Looking South
- Photograph 7: 1876 Grand Forks
- Photograph 8: Government dredging boats on Red River
- Photograph 9: Navigation on the Red River at Grand Forks. Red River Transportation Co.’s Steamers. Barges unloading grain at elevator.