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Maude Fleming Thompson

Female 1889 - 1990  (101 years)


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  • Name Maude Fleming Thompson 
    Born 17 May 1889  Rock Port, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Aug 1990  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 24 Aug 1990  Adrian Cemetery, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6657  Rossville
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2018 

    Father Benjamin R Fleming,   b. 1 Jan 1862, Marion County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1936  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Mary Burke Fleming 
    Family ID F3129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christopher E Thompson,   b. 1881, Maysville, DeKalb County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1967  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 28 Jun 1911  Holton, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bessie Marie Thompson,   b. 1916, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1924, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
    +2. Christopher Donald Thompson,   b. 28 Oct 1921, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1986, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Photos
    Photo- Marriage Portrait of Chris and Maude Thompson
    Photo- Marriage Portrait of Chris and Maude Thompson
    June 28, 2011
    Marriage Portrait
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2018 14:33:33 
    Family ID F3364  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Jun 1911 - Holton, Jackson County, Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Aug 1990 - Adrian Cemetery, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Obituary- Thompson, Maude 1
    Obituary- Thompson, Maude 1
    Mrs. Maude Thompson
    DELIA - Mrs. Maude Thompson, 101, Delia, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1990, at a Topeka hospital.
    Mrs. Thompson and her husband farmed north of Delia many years.

    She was born May 17, 1889, at Rockport, Mo., the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Burke Fleming.

    Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Delia. She was a member of the Quilters Club at the church which met at her home until she entered Rossville Manor in March 1989. The community joined in celebrating her 100th birthday at the manor.

    She was married to Chris E. Thompson, June 28, 1911, at Holton. He died April 11, 1967. A son, C.D. Thompson, died in 1986, and a daughter, Bessie Thompson, died in 1923.

    Survivors include a granddaughter, Janet Mulanax, Topeka; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and 10 step great-great-grandchildren.

    Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church in Delia. Burial will be in Adrian Cemetery north of Delia.

    Mrs. Thompson will lie in state after 9 A.m. Thursday at Verschelden Funeral Home in St. Marys where relatives and friends will meet from 7 until 8 p.m. Thursday. She will like in state an hour before service time Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church in Delia.
    Funeral card- Thompson, Maude 2
    Funeral card- Thompson, Maude 2
    In Loving Memory of
    Maude Thompson
    May 17, 1889 - August 21, 1990

    Funeral Service
    10:30 a.m. Friday
    Delia Presbyterian Church

    Officiating: Pastor Chuck Kallaus
    Musicians: Diane & Rick Budden

    Casket Bearers
    S.M. Thompson, Brian Thompson, Irvan Mulanax, Chris Mulanax, Larry Bowers, Kenny Quiett

    Interment: Adrian Cemetery
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 1
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 1
    Maude Thompson is a Young One Hundred Years of Age
    by Dorothy N. Hoobler
    "Things are different now, but I canít say they're always better," centenarian Mrs. Maude Thompson observed philosophically. She's seen lots of changes in those 100 years, of course.

    By 1889, for instance, George Eastman perfected the box camera and roll film, and began the manufacture of Kodak number one. The first electric automobile, a tricycle driven by storage batteries, was demonstrated in Boston. A "safety" bicycle with two wheels of even size was being built. Cycling was such a popular activity it created severe parking and traffic problems.

    The official opening of the Oklahoma Territory in 1889 drew thousands of people to the border, ready with teams and wagons or on horseback for the famous land rush. And in November, North and South Dakota, Montana, and Washington were admitted to the Union.

    Now, 100 years after her birth in Rock Port, Mo., Maude will be honored with a reception from 2 to 4:30 on Sunday afternoon, May 7, at the Delia community building.

    Raised on a farm by her father and grandmother, Maude attended a one- or two-room school when possible. Farm children in those days seldom had an opportunity for many years of education, but, "You can learn lots at home if you want to," Maude commented. She was "good" at spelling, figuring, reading, and math.

    She doesn't remember too much about her childhood experiences. "It was a long time ago," she reminded me. She did hang up a Christmas stocking, and remembers the rare treat of the candy she found in it. "What would kids do today, if they only got candy once a year?" she wondered.

    Mrs. Thompson still has a delightful sense of humor. When I asked if she'd learned to swim, since they lived fairly close to the Missouri River, she laughed and exclaimed, "Oh, no!" Then she quoted this old rhyme, "Mother, may I go out to swim?" "Yes, my darling daughter. Hang your clothes on a hickory limb, but don't go near the water."

    Maude Fleming and Christopher E. Thompson were married by the Probate Judge at Holton on June 28, 1911. She remembers how surprised she was to have guests at their courthouse wedding. It was the week of Teacher's Institute, and since several friends were at the county seat for the required training session, the teachers decided to attend the wedding. "It was a beautiful, moonlight night," she continued, "and we drove back home to the farm in a one-horse buggy."

    Mr. Thompson, known as Chris, was born in 1881 at Maysville, Mo. His family moved to the Delia area when he was a boy. The couple celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with a reception at Delia
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 2
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 2
    High School. Chris died in April, 1967.

    The Thompsons always farmed. "There were cows to milk, chickens to feed, hogs to take care of, and a big garden, too. We raised all we had. When we butchered meat, it had to be canned." (No freezers or locker plants, then.) "Some meat we put down in salt," she continued, "but you always had to soak the salt out before you could fry the meat." Mrs. Thompson still prefers home-canned vegetables, especially tomatoes.

    Her eyesight may be dim now, but her eyes really sparkled when she talked about her favorite pastime ó quilting. For years, the Delia Presbyterian Church ladies met at the Thompson home on Mondays for an all-day quilting bee. "If we had a good crowd, ten or so, we could get a quilt almost half done in a day," she said. They took time out for a delicious covered dish dinner.

    "We had the best dinners. There were hardly ever two dishes alike. How I did enjoy those days!" she reminisced. "It wasn't a chore; it was a pleasure." Maude didn't try to name her quilting companions from all those years. "I'd probably leave someone out, and I donít want to do that." "The Delia Church women still quilt," she added.

    It was a sad day when Maude Thompson had to give up quilting. "My fingers gave out before my eyes did," she explained. She doesnít have a favorite quilt pattern, but the Log Cabin was always popular. Maude sewed her share of carpet rags, too.

    Mrs. Thompson moved from her farm home to Rossville Valley Manor on March 16. "I get along real well with my walker," she said.

    Chris and Maude had two children. A seven-year-old daughter, Bessie Marie, died in 1924 from scarlet fever. It was a deadly disease in those years. Their son, Christopher Donald, died in May, 1986.

    The birthday celebration will be hosted by Maude's daughter-in-law, Vena Mae Thompson; grandchildren Donald Ray Thompson and Mrs. Jane Sue Mulanax; and great-grandchildren Jeannette Quiett, Brian Thompson, Chris Mulanax, and Gary Mulanax, who is serving in the U.S. Navy.

    Mrs. Thompson is looking forward to this very special birthday celebration. "I think I'll see a lot of people I haven't seen for a long time. I hope it's a nice day," she said.

    If you aren't able to attend Maude's reception, perhaps you can remember her with a card in care of Rossville Valley Manor. Happy birthday, Mrs. Thompson.
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 3
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 3
    Last Monday Mrs. Donald Thompson entertained the ladies of the Presbyterian Church and community at the birthday dinner in honor of Mrs. Maude Thompson's 94th birthday. Those present were Cecile Zlatnik, Pauline Miller, Mary McLin, Lottie Stum, Elizabeth Houck, Esther Kruger, Bertha Eakin, Viola Kovar and Bertha Martinek. All enjoyed a lovely dinner and Maude received some nice gifts to remember that day by.
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 4
    Birthday- Thompson, Maude 4
    93rd Birthday Celebration For Maude

    The home of Donald and Vena Mae Thompson was the location chosen for the birthday celebrations for his mother, Maude Thompson, born May 17, 1889.

    Present for the Sunday dinner were the formerly mentioned and Maudeís granddaughter Janet (Mrs. Irvan Mulanax), her two sons and a daughter, Maudeís grandson, Donald Ray, and his son could not be present.

    On Monday, Vena prepared a deer steak dinner for a group of ladies who
    meet each week in Mrs. Thompson's home. Those present were: Lottie Stum, Rossville; Mary McLin, Silver Lake; Esther Kruger, Bertha Eakin, Pauline Miller, Muriel Huggins and Cecile Zlatnik, all from Delia.

    Maude was born in Rockfort, Mo. In 1911, she married Christopher Thompson. He lived until 1967.

    Following their marriage they moved to Alma, Ark., for a short time. Maude remembers traveling in a covered wagon, the worst part of which was the packing and unpacking of the dishes each time they stopped to prepare a meal enroute. Most of their married life was spent in the Delia area. They lost one daughter when she was quite young.

    Maude has a remarkable memory. She has been "hospitalized only four times. She continues to read and keeps an interest in local and world affairs. She has retired from quilting, but watches and listens to baseball games, keeping close tabs on the Kansas City Royals.

    Congratulations and God bless you, Maude! We hope you live to enjoy many more happy birthdays!