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Thompson, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Thompson, Connecticut, USA? 

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 1891.

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

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

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

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

Mechanicsville
Located along the banks of the French River.

Grosvenordale
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.www.thompsonct.org/ About/ about.html


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Thompson, Connecticut, USA - The Vernon Stiles Tavern, Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

The Vernon Stiles Tavern, Thompson, Conn.

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Thompson, Connecticut, USA - Main Street, Looking South, Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

Main Street, Looking South, Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA - Carolyn Hall Lodge. Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

Carolyn Hall Lodge. Thompson, Conn.

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Thompson, Connecticut, USA - M. E. Church, E. Thompson, Conn.
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M. E. Church, E. Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA - Howe Marot Jr. College
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

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1819 - Thompson
Thompson, a post township, is situated in the northeast corner of the county and State, 47 miles...Read MORE...

News  1830 - 100th Birthday
The celebration of the hundreth birthday of a venerable citizen named Melatiah Mason, of Thompson,...Read MORE...

News  1841 - THE LAST SOLDIER GONE!
Departed this life at Thompson, Connecticut, on the 12th ult., Mr. Ezekiel Blackmarr, in the 99th...Read MORE...

News  1860 - Throwing Brickbats in Sleep
A young man residing in West Thompson, Connecticut, rose in his sleep, Sunday night crawled through ...Read MORE...

News  1865 - Counterfeit Notes
BOSTON, July 26. - Well executed counterfeit $10 bills on the Thompson Bank, of Thompson,...Read MORE...

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...Read MORE...

News  1874 - A Curious Clock
A Thompson, Connecticut, clock company has shipped a curious clock to San Francisco, to be placed...Read MORE...

News  1875 - Shooting
A tragedy which grew out of a drunken row, occurred in Thompson, Conn., the 25th, when Edward Ryan...Read MORE...

News  1877 - Cure for Opium Habit
A resident of Thompson, Connecticut, publishes a cure for the "opium habit" that seems very simple. ...Read MORE...

News  1891 - FOUR TRAINS SMASHED UP - DISASTROUS ACCIDENT ON THE NEW-ENGLAND ROAD.
TWO FREIGHT TRAINS COLLIDED, THEN TWO PASSENGER TRAINS RAN INTO THE WRECK - THREE MEN KILLED AND...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...Read MORE...

1906
Thompson, a post-village of Windham co., Conn., in Thompson township (town), on the New York, New...Read MORE...

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


Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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1972
Edward J SZKUTAK (abt. 1936 - 16 August 2006) & Norma P KORCH (25 February 1934 - 26 April 2004)
married 4 November 1972
 

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