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John Stirling Thompson papers


Held at: Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]1654 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA, 19401

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John Sterling Thompson (1902-1997) was a life-long resident of Norristown, Pennsylvania. He married Naomi Cassel Wurtz in 1926, and the couple had four children. During World War II, Thompson volunteered as an air raid warden. He worked for several different companies over the course of his life, including Westfield River Paper Company, Inc., until he retired in 1971. He was involved in volunteer work with the Christ Church United Church of Christ, Norristown State Hospital, and Boy Scouts of America. After retirement, Thompson returned to school and earned Associate's and Bachelor's degrees.


Lowe, Anthony A. "One of Montgomery's 643,621." Norristown Times Herald. Clipping found in collection.

The bulk of this collection is genealogical research conducted by Thompson; it also contains writings by Thompson, correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, a scrapbook, photographs, and one VHS tape.

Thompson's personal files are composed of correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other miscellaneous documents, and cover subjects such as retirement, music, and Thompson's return to college at age 82. The scrapbook contains clippings, correspondence, etc. relating to the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia (the oldest mens' singing group in America), 1924-1925. There are copies of several writings by Thompson in this collection, including "Observations of a Volunteer Mental Health Worker," and other pieces written by Thompson for his post-retirement college classes. The photographs in the collection date from the 1950s, and the VHS tape depicts Thompson's college graduation.

Some additions to Thompson's papers were added by his daughter, Mary T. Beyer.

Gift of Mary T. Beyer, 2010 (accession # 2010.014).

Historical Society of Montgomery County
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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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