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    Mrs. Bessie Coleman Thompson. Prominent among the ladies of Troy who have contributed to the city's prestige in various ways is Mrs. Bessie Coleman Thompson. Born at Troy, June 15, 1883, she is a daughter of Horace and Mary Jane (Harter) Coleman. There were four children in the family: Max, who died as a child; Evelyn, the wife of Irvin G. Kumler of the Rike-Kumler Company. of Dayton; Sybil, the wife of Jefferson Stone Combs, of Washington, D. C., and Bessie. After the death of her first husband, Mrs. Coleman married the late William M. Hayner of the Hayner Dissillery Company, Troy, and one child was born to that union, Mary Isabelle, of Cleveland, wife of Wilbur Thompson, who was a lieutenant in the United States air service during the World war. Bessie Coleman received her education in the public schools of Troy and at Miss Chamberlain's School, at Boston, Mass., and resided at the home of her parents until October 12, 1904, when she was united in marriage with Henry Spangler Thompson, of Saginaw, Mich. Mr. Thompson was connected with the tobacco department of the Allen-Wheeler Company, of Troy, had extensive farming interests and was a large breeder of stock. Popular with a wide circle of friends and a man possessed of many sterling qualities of character, in his death, which occurred June 16, 1917, his city lost one of its public-spirited citizens and capable business men, as well as a man of many philanthropies. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson had no children, but in 1920, Mrs. Thompson adopted a two-months-old child, Patricia Thompson, whom she will rear to useful womanhood. Mrs. Thompson is widely, popular in social circles of the city and is known for her numerous charities, as well as for her accomplishments. During the recent war period, she was an active and effective worker in making surgical dressings and knitted articles, and at that time allied herself with the civilian relief of the American Red Cross, a work in which she continues to be engaged.

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