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1. Text:   1900 U.S. Census for Forest Prairie Twp., Meeker County, MN, Enum. Dist 108. (Quinn, Hamilton, Butterfield and Wixon households) Images 14, 20 and 25; Census Images Online. 6 Mar 2002.
2. Text:   1930 U.S. Census for Port Angeles (Ward 6), Clallam County, Washington: Ward 6, ED5, p. 26A, 26B (Samuel E. Thompson household with Emma O. Wright, No. 664); Ward 2, ED5, p. 12A (Will Martin household, No. 266). U.S. Federal Census Records. 27 Nov 2004, 17 Aug 2008.
3. Text:   Social Security Death Index. database. <>. Feb 2012.
4. Text:   1920 U.S. Census for Sauk Rapids village, Sauk Rapids Township, Benton County, Minnesota, ED91, p. 11A, 11B (Samuel E. Thompson household, No. 198). U.S. Federal Census Records. 25 Nov 2008.
5. Text:   Find A Grave memorial. Selected cemetery records submitted by volunteer contributors (some with photos, family information, obituaries and tributes). <> 19 Aug 2006 and ff.
6. Text:   1940 U.S. Census for Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, ED21 (Ward 3), p. 61A(Samuel E. Thompson household, No. 14). U.S. Federal Census Records. 6 Oct 2013.
7. Text:   "Mrs. Emma T. Wright Dies at Port Angeles, Wash." The Nashua Reporter, Nashua, IA, 23 Jul 1930. Also, "Allison Business Men Give Banquet" of 11 Jun 1930 and divorce/marriage items of 26 Jan 1927, 23 Oct 1929 and 16 Apr 1930 from an unnamed newspaper (prob. The Nashua Reporter, Nashua, IA). Transcriptions courtesy of Misti Adams via e-mail correspondence. 24 Nov 2004.
8. Text:   Social Security Death Index. database. <>. Feb 2012.
9. Text:   Find A Grave memorial. Selected cemetery records submitted by volunteer contributors (some with photos, family information, obituaries and tributes). <> 19 Aug 2006 and ff.
10. Text:   U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006. database. Original data: National Cemetery Administration, Nationwide Gravesite Locator. <> 22 Mar 2007.

a. Note:   N2557 Samuel Eaton Thompson registered for the World War I draft in St. Cloud, Stearns County, MN, in Jun 1917. He was 21, b Sept. 4, 1895 in Northfield, MN, and lived in St. Cloud at the time of his registration. He was employed as a carpenter for the Great Northern Railroad in St. Cloud. He was married and claimed exemption from service under Sec. 9. Samuel Thompson was described as tall, stout, with brown eyes and dark brown hair.
  Samuel Eaton Thompson served as a private in the U.S. Army, starting on 29 Apr 1918. One of his Quinn family cousins wrote in a letter that his mother's cousin Samuel Thompson was "a private chauffeur for General Jack Pershing in WWI" and that "Sam was in the Lost Battalion and was severely wounded." This family lore has not been confirmed from Samuel's actual service records.
  By the time of the 1920 U.S. Census, Samuel Thompson had married and relocated to Sauk Rapids in Benton County, MN (across the Mississippi River from St. Cloud in Stearns County). Samuel E. Thompson was 24 and operated a cigar store. His wife Mable was 18 (b IA of parents b IA). They had a son, Melvin Thompson, who was 2y1m old. Also living in their household at the time was Otto Rasmusson (22, b MN), also a cigar store merchant.
  According to the Nashua Reporter newspaper of Nashua (Chickasaw County), IA, of 26 Jan 1927:
  "Samuel E. Thompson of Nashua has filed suit for divorce against his wife, Mabel I. Thompson. He asks decree of divorce on grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment and desertion on or about November 11, 1926, alleging that she has "sought the company of another man" and left the home provided for her and her children without just cause or excuse." Plaintiff alleges impaired health. Asks absolute divorce, custody of four minor children and permission to be remarried within period of one year. W. G. Henke, attorney for plaintiff."
  On October 23, 1929, the same newpaper announced: "During the past week Judge Eichendorf has heard four divorce cases. He granted a divorce of Mabel Thompson, from Samuel Thompson, also a divorce to Elizabeth Thompson from Charles Thompson, and John E. Berry from Gertrude Berry. The case of Richard Stolz vs. Emma Stols was in the hands of the judge but up to yesterday afternoon he had not given his decision, it seems there is no question about divorce, but there is some dispute about alimony."
  Mabel Thompson and Andrew A. Johnston married 9 Apr 1930 according to the Nashua Reporter.
  When the 1930 U.S. Census was taken, Samuel E. Thompson, a "widower" of 34, and his four children lived in Port Angeles in Clallam County, WA. He had no occupation at the time. His children were Melvin (12), Chester (8), Burr (7) and Verna (5). Samuel's mother, Emma O. Wright, a widow of 75, also lived in the Thompson household.
  Samuel Thompson had mvoed to Centralia in Lewis County, WA, by the time of the 1940 U.S. Census. He was 44, widowed [sic] and an attendant at a bowling alley. Two of his children were still at home with him: Burr V. (19) and Verna A. Thompson (15). Samuel and his children been in Centralia since at least 1935, according to this census.
  In 1950, Samuel Thompson lived in Centralia in Lewis County, WA, where the families of several of his Quinn cousins lived at the time. At least two publications describing UFO sightings mention the recorded testimony of Samuel Eaton Thompson of Centralia. According to that testimony, on March 28, 1950, Samuel Eaton Thompson of Centralia described a three-day encounter with the naked occupants of a flying saucer who claimed to have come from Venus and who had landed in a wooded area between Morton and Mineral in Lewis County. The two publications which cite this testimony are "Alien Intervention: The Spiritual Mission of UFOs" by Paul Christopher (Huntington House Pub., 1998) and "Strange Skies: Pilot Encounters with UFOs" by Jerome Clark (Citadel Press, 2003). One of these publications described Samuel Eaton as a "retired and marginally educated railroad man in his 70s" and evaluated his testimony as likely to have been "visionary."
b. Note:   SS# issued in WA
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