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Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA
People, Pictures and News From the Past

Where is Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA?  Although Thompson is one of the largest geographical areas in northeastern Connecticut (some 45 square miles) it has no one single center of identity. Instead, most of its residents identify themselves with the "village" that is closest to them.

Thus Thompson has become known as the town of 10 villages. The Thompson Historical Society has considerable information about each of the villages and its history, together with many photographs of each area and its denizens. The following is only a brief description of the most important or famous historical event in each of the villages. The villages are:

East Thompson
Site of the only 4-train wreck in the history of the United States. The wreck took place in 1901.

Noted primarily for the Keegan Mill, originally built by Smith Wilkinson, which was a major employer in the area for some 100 years.

Originally known as "New Boston". Settled mainly by Swedish residents.

Named after the Quinebaug River, which flows through the area.

Located next to Quaddick State Park, and famous for hardy souls braving the lake's cold water on the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day swim.

Located along the banks of the French River.

Location of the Grosvenordale Mill, later owned by Belding Heminway Corp., and now being demolished to make way for other economic development.

North Grosvenordale
Originally developed as Masonville, a prosperous mill town typical of many New England mill towns, primarily settled by French Canadian immigrants and their descendants, but also home of immigrants from Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Sweden. The mill area was named after William Mason, whose family had developed the mills. William Mason built a magnificent mansion on Thompson Hill.

Thompson Hill
The earliest settled area in Thompson, and the early location of local industries. After the advent of the mill villages of Grosvenordale and North Grosvenordale, the industrial activity declined on the Hill, which became the residence of wealthy mill owners. Its reputation remains to this day.

West Thompson
West Thompson was a thriving area of farms and open spaces, until the flood of 1955, after which the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers flooded the village in order to operate a new dam to prevent further floods in the area. About/ about.html

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1819 - Thompson
Thompson, a post township, is situated in the northeast corner of the county and State, 47 miles northeast from Hartford, and 26 northwest from Providence; bounded on the north by Massachusetts line, on the east by Rhode-Island, on the south by Killingly, and on the west by Woodstock and Pomfret.

The township forms nearly a square, and comprises and area of about 50 square miles, or 32,000 acres.

The town is intersected into nearly two equal parts, by the Quinibaug river, which runs thro' ... Read MORE...

News 1830 - 100th Birthday
The celebration of the hundreth birthday of a venerable citizen named Melatiah Mason, of Thompson, Connecticut, took place on the 30th ultimo. A sermon was preached on the occasion, and a collection of 840 made for his benefit. He has been a member of the church for 70 years, was a mason by trade, as well as by name; always worked hard, lived temperately, possessed an almost undisturbed cheerfulness and equanimity of mind; and lives to see around him, 6 children, 53 grand-children, 150 great gra... Read MORE...

Departed this life at Thompson, Connecticut, on the 12th ult., Mr. Ezekiel Blackmarr, in the 99th year of his age. He was the son of James Blackmarr, and born in Gloucester, Rhode Island, in August, 1742. Seventy-nine years ago last May, he enlisted as a private in the troops raised in the British colonies to take the island of Cuba, under the Earl of Albemarle and Admiral Pocock, in a regiment commanded by Colonel Israel Putnam. He was in Captain John Spaulding's company, of Plainfield; Lieut. ... Read MORE...

News 1860 - Throwing Brickbats in Sleep
A young man residing in West Thompson, Connecticut, rose in his sleep, Sunday night crawled through the attic scuttle to the roof of the house, commenced loosening the bricks from the chimney, and throwing them upon the roof. His father, alarmed by the noise, called him sharply by name, when the son awoke, lost his balance and fell to the ground. He escaped serious injury.
St Cloud Democrat
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
May 24, 1860

News 1865 - Counterfeit Notes
BOSTON, July 26. - Well executed counterfeit $10 bills on the Thompson Bank, of Thompson, Connecticut, are in circulation here.
National Republican
Washington, District of Columbia
July 27, 1865

News 1868 - Isaac Sherman, of East Thompson, Conn., is building two paper houses, small sized, for tenements.
They are framed like other houses, and instead of being boarded or clap-boarded, the frame is covered with a firm manilla paper, as is also the roof.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 11, 1868

News 1874 - Curious Clock
A Thompson, Connecticut, clock company has shipped a curious clock to San Francisco, to be placed in the tower of the greatest hotel on the continent, where it will furnish the time for 500 dials, which are to be operated by compressed air carried in pipes all over the building. The building has 500 rooms and there is to be a dial in every room.
The Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
February 24, 1874

News 1875 - Shooting
A tragedy which grew out of a drunken row, occurred in Thompson, Conn., the 25th, when Edward Ryan shot John Keating in the breast with a revolver. Keating was alive at 10 o'clock the 26th, but his death was momentarily expected. Keating was a farm hand and worked for Ryan who accused the former of going away and leaving the house unlocked, in consequence of which his trunk had been broken open and robbed.
St. Albans Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont
June 04, 1875

News 1877 - Cure for Opium Habit
A resident of Thompson, Connecticut, publishes a cure for the "opium habit" that seems very simple. It is done by tapering off - diminishing the dose every day, which can be done without suffering, until the desire for the narcotic is removed and the ill effects dissipated.
Alton Telegraph
Alton, Illinois
September 6, 1877


PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 4. - The worst wreck ever experienced by the New-York and New-England Railroad occurred at East Thompson, Conn, at 6:30 o'clock this morning. Four trains collided with each other, killing three men and injuring four others.

The trains in collision were the Long Island and Eastern States Line limited express from Brooklyn to Boston; the boat train from No... Read MORE...

News 1899 - FIRE AT EAST THOMPSON. Railroad Station, Engine House and Signal Tower Burned Down.
New London, Nov. 7. - The railroad station at East Thompson, Conn., on the main line, Midland division, of the Consolidated Road, together with the engine house, signal tower and contents of ticket and freight offices, were destroyed by fire yesterday morning. The loss was $1,000, which was covered by insurance. The fire will cause a deal of inconvenience to the railroad people, as East Thompson is a junction point, the branch to Webster and Southbridge connecting with the main line there, and t... Read MORE...

Thompson, a post-village of Windham co., Conn., in Thompson township (town), on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 38 miles N. by E. of Norwich. The town is intersected by the Quinebaug River and has cotton and woollen-mills. Pop. of the town in 1900, 6442, of the village, about 500.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

1940 - Railroad Abandoned
April 11 - The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co. abandons its rail line from Webster to East Thompson, Conn.

New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, Inc.

Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here

America/USA  Evelyn Pearl Feige (4 March 1912, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 18 October 1981, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

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Canada/New France  Emilie Gagnon (Gagne) (abt. 1850, Canada - 1933, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA)

America/USA  Edward Thomas Korch (1 April 1897, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 26 January 1971, Webster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
America/USA  Louise M Korch (8 May 1919, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 7 September 1997, Nashua, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA)

Canada/New France  Adelard Ovila Lachapelle (7 December 1875, Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada - 31 MAY 1950, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
America/USA  Alvin John Lachapelle (15 May 1912, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 2 December 2004, Summerville, South Carolina, USA)
America/USA  Annette Lachapelle (1909, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 1912, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA)
America/USA  Arthur Andre Lachapelle (08 August 1905, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 24 August 1987, Long Beach, Brunswick, North Carolina) gravestone
America/USA  George William Lachapelle (6 April 1904, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 1 January 1984, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Canada/New France  Joseph Langlois (abt. 1849, Québec (Quebec), Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 24 April 1914, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA)

America/USA  Marie Mederise Leduc (1872, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 1936, Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

America/USA  Joseph Martin (15 May 1855, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont, USA - 03 April 1917, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
Canada/New France  Pierre J Martin (24 June 1860, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada (St Hyacinthe) - 24 November 1877, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA)

America/USA  Abraham Mason (10 July 1763, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA - 30 September 1852, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA)

England  Samuel Slight (abt. 1864, England (Great Britain) (United Kingdom) - 18 December 1952, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA)

Slovakia  Elizabeth (Alzbeta) Tomko (July 1868, Svinica, Košice, Slovakia (Petőszinye, Abauj-Torna, Austria-Hungary) - 11 February 1946, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

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