Henry B. Thompson died at his home on Jacob street, early Friday morning, September 21, after and illness of about two months. Mr. Thompson was born in Woodstock, May 16, 1838, and came to Windsor when about twenty years of age, where he was employed in the armory by Robbins & Lawrence until the breaking out of the civil war. He enlisted in the Woodstock Light Infantry with the three months men in 1861. At the expiration of that service, he enlisted for nine months, when he was discharged, and returned to Windsor, where he was employed for a number of years in the state prison as a shopkeeper, and in other capacities. After the shoe business was started by Mawhinny & Co. he was employed as cutter until he went to Stoneham, Mass., where he was engaged in the same business until he returned to Windsor about six years ago, where he had since lived.
Mr. Thompson was married to Miss Mary Horton of Hartford, by which union one daughter, Mary Grace, was born to them. She died in Stoneham, six years ago, just previous to their returning to Windsor. Mrs. Thompson died in 1903.
Mr. Thompson was closely connected with the Old South church, having united with the same in 1869, and was elected to deacon in 1881, which office he held until going to Stoneham, and upon his return was re-elected and held that office at the time of his death. He was commander of the Wm. C. Tracy Post, G. A. R., taking much interest in all that pertained to the work of the department. Mr. Thompson was a quiet, unassuming Christian gentleman, whose influence in all that pertained to the good of the town and village was on the right side. He is survived by three sisters, one living in Rochester and two in Woodstock, one of whom, Mrs. Smith, was present at the funeral services, which were held, Sunday afternoon, at the Old South church, and were largely attended, Rev. Wm. H. Hayes, pastor of the church, officiating, with burial in Ascutney cemetery. The services at the grave were conducted by Wm. C. Tracy Post, with the members of the local G. A. R. post attending in a body and acting as guard, marching on either side of the hearse to the cemetery. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful, attesting to the love and respect of a host of friends. The rests at the church upon which the casket reposed were draped with the stars and stripes, entwined with flowers. (From the Vermont Journal, September 29, 1906)
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