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John Coffee Thompson and
Christine (Mackenzie) Thompson

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District
pages 334 - 335
compiled by John M. Thompson

John Coffee Thompson, son of Rezin Thompson and Rachel Coffee, was born at West Branch lowa in 1872, He and his family were members of the Society of Friends or Quakers. He went to school with the former President of the United States, Herbert Hoover.

He farmed with his father Rezin in lowa until 1902 when he came to Canada. He bought land in the Spring Coulee district for $2.00 per acre, which his family still farms, and also homesteaded in 1905 in the Brant district. At his death in 1938 he owned and operated 6 1/2 sections of farmland. He was a very community minded person. He donated land on which the school, the church, and the cemetery were located. He also owned a small hotel, a pool hall-barber shop, and a grocery store which burned down, was rebuilt and burned down again, never to be rebuilt. He was also an avid supporter of the local baseball team, which at times was very successful. He never owned a tractor and did all his farming with horses. He married Christine Ann MacKenzie in 1920.

Christine Ann MacKenzie, daughter of John MacKenzie and Ann Nicholson was born in Middle River, Cape Breton Island in 1895. She spoke Gaelic until she went to school where she learned English. She came to Alberta, where she taught school at Spring Coulee and there she met and married John Thompson. They had five children. She was also community minded. She was a strong supporter of the Womens Institute, the Ladies Aid and the Bible Society. She was a firm believer in education and supported the local school and saw to it that her children entered and competed in the local school fair, a forerunner of what is now 4-H. She was also a strong supporter of a local group who put on plays in the Community Hall and she organized a Sunday Night Group at her home which was quite successful. She opened her home and her heart to those who were in need, and performed countless acts of kindness. For many years she was a "Taxi Driver" who readily answered the calls to take someone to the hospital, the doctor, the dentist, or to any other place of need.

When Reverend Harold Marston organized the Young People Society for the youth of the community, some of their meetings and social activities were held in her home.

Christine was one of several women in the area who worked together to hold the community together.

It was a loss to many friends both in and out of the community when she passed away in 1945.

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