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Harlan H Thompson and
Margaret (Trenholm) Thompson

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District page 334
compiled by Bill Thompson

Born in Brewster, Kansas, and came to this country with his father and brother in 1903. There was no school in Spring Coulee at that time and he went to High River to live with his uncle Ezra Thompson to go to school. After his father died in 1908 he went to Calgary and after graduating there went to California to the Junior College. He married Margaret Trenholm, a school teacher from Nova Scotia in the Spring Coulee School. He and his brother managed the estate of his father and he farmed four farms and worked in the Clara C. Thompson Elevator. While working there he received an injury and went to California for treatments and took up writing.

He wrote several books, especially about ranch life for farm boys. The book "Prairie Colt" won the Boy's Club of America Gold Medal in 1948. He wrote twelve boy's books, Wild, Palomino, Phanton Roan and We Were There With The California Rancheros being some of them. He was one of the writers of a book on the Northwest Mounted Police of Alberta, and one of the ten best books on horses. He was a Past President of Pen International, a writer's organization.

They had one son and two daughters, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was 92 years old when he died in 1988.

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