Bernath, Margaret
B. 11 Apr 1869, Ethel, Ontario, Canada
D. 01 Feb 1950, Los Angeles, CA. Buried: Hooker, Oklahoma
M. 1890, James A. Thompson, at Fort Pembina, North Dakota b. - d. 1908

FN: George Bernath
MN: Catherine Donneral

Children of James A. Thompson and Margaret Bernath:

Laura Alfreda Thompson
B: 17 Nov 1894, Ft. Pembina, North Dakota
D: 28 Jul 1986, Newport Beach, California
M: (1) Lawrence Harold Killingsworth at Hooker, Oklahoma d. 1916
M: (2) Al Steele at Long Beach, California

Children of Lawrence Harold Killingsworth and Laura Thompson:

James Cortez Killiingsworth
B: 05 Mar 1915, Hooker, Oklahoma
D: 17 Dec 1993, Carlsbad, California. Buried: Oceanside, California
M: (1) Helen Unknown (divorced)
M: (2) Ruth Adamson, at Miami, Florida
M: (3) Joann Dean (divorced) b. 11/08/33 d. 02/15/98 at Sarasota, Florida
M: (4) 17 Apr 1978, Pauline Neville, at Newport Beach, CA (divorced)

Children of James Cortez Killingsworth and Ruth Adamson:

James Lawrence Killingsworth
B: 09 Nov 1945, Tampa, Florida
M :30 Sep 1967, Carolyn Verplanck, at Tampa, Florida

Children of James Lawrence Killingsworth and Carolyn Verplanck:

Scott Adamson Killingsworth b. 19 Sep 1970, Miami, Florida

Paige Elizabeth Killiingsworth b. 22 Sep 1973, Charlotte, North Carolina

William Michael Killingsworth
B: 03 Feb 1947, Tampa, Florida
M: 27 Dec 1969, Harriet Neel, at Tampa, Florida (ended in divorce)

Children of William Michael Killingsworth and Harriet Neel:

Brian Adamson Killingsworth b. 1977, Tampa, FL

Kimberly Ann Killingsworth b. 1981, Tampa, FL


Margaret Bernath Thompson
1869 - 1950

Hooker was a somewhat bleak place on the dry, flat prairies of No Man's land in Americas early history when James A. and Margaret Thompson brought their daughter, Laura Alfreda of Ft. Pembina, ND, to the Panhandle of Oklahoma to carve out a life from land totally dependent on nature to provide the sun and the rain to raise the crops for survival.

The year was 1902, and Laura was a precocious lassie of eight years when the Thompsons, Jim and Margaret, homesteaded just outside town, and then opened the Thompson Family Restaurant.

It was quite a restaurant! Margaret (or Maggie, as she was known to the pioneer families of the town) was a good cook, having leaned much during her earlier life in North Dakota and in her birthplace, Canada. Almost from the time she could walk she had helped with the cooking chores to feed the workers at harvest time. She could bake a mean loaf of bread, too, and the restaurant did a bit of bakery business as well as fed the farmers when they came to town. It was twenty-five cents a sitting . . . eat all you can from tables laden with steak and potatoes and lots more. Time proved Jim Thompson's decision to seek a place to raise his family on America's frontier was a good one, and the Thompsons from Fort Pembina carved their niche well in Hooker's early history.

Daughter Laura proved to be both an athlete and a scholar during her years at Hooker elementary and high schools, especially as an basketball player. She was guard on the team that was rarely beaten when they played Liberal, Guymon, or Tyrone. Laura recalls that others on the team were Edith Fogelsong (Holt), Lona Neff (Graham), Amanda Higdon, and Lavaun Thompson.

Laura's teen years saw her busy after school waiting tables at Thompson's Restaurant and playing piano for the silent movies at Hooker Theater. Sadly, Jim Thompson died suddenly, and it was Maggie Thompson and daughter Laura who were left to oversee the two farms left by the one-time career army sergeant who was serving his country based at Fort Pembina, before coming to Oklahoma's Panhandle.

One day a stranger came into the restaurant, and he took more than a passing fancy to the girl who was waiting tables. He was Lawrence Harold Killingsworth, who came west from his home in Missouri to seek his fortune. One thing for sure, he found the girl he wanted to marry: Laura Alfreda Thompson.

They were married in 1915 by H. B. Wilson at the Methodist parsonage, and the following year brought a son into the world, James Cortez (named for his two grandfathers), and they began to think of broader frontiers westward just as Jim and Maggie Thompson did a decade previous.

Lawrence went west to San Diego in his quest for the future of his family, and he returned to Hooker, picked up wife and son, and they moved west in 1918, leaving Maggie Thompson to handle the business interests in Hooker.

Laura Thompson Killingsworth was to face another terrible loss of a loved one. First it was her father when she was in early teens in Hooker, and now in San Diego a huge tidal wave washed swimmers out to sea, and Lawrence Killingsworth was among them. The loss was tragically deep for Laura, and she walked the sands of Ocean Beach waiting for the body to wash ashore for identification. She returned to Hooker with son, Cortez, but the lure of California was too strong, and Maggie Thompson, daughter Laura, and her son eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1922.

On Feb. 1, 1950, Maggie passed away, and Laura Cortez brought her home to Hooker so she could be buried next to her beloved husband, Jim Thompson.

Through the years, Laura Killingsworth has kept friendships alive with the girls she went to school with, Glenn Teel and his wife (they farmed the Thompson land for many years), and managed the downtown store building that housed a variety store.

Today, Laura resides in Newport Beach and is looking forward to her ninetieth birthday two years hence. Son, James Cortez, keeps an eye on her from his Fallbrook, CA home where he resides with his wife, Pauline, and step-daughters, Michelle and Allyson.

- - By James Cortez Killingsworth


Margaret Bernath Thompson
1869 - 1950

Mrs. Margaret Thompson came home to rest in her beloved Hooker.

One of the early homesteaders in the Hooker Panhandle, Mrs. Thompson, with husband, James A. and daughter, Laura, moved to Hooker in 1907, and homesteaded the farm two miles northeast of town. That land was part of Mrs. Thompson, and she never relinquished ownership, even after the untimely death of her husband more than three decades ago.

To Mrs. Thompson, Hooker was always a home, and in true pioneer fashion she worked valiantly to carve a home there.

Born Margaret Bernath, near Ethel, Ontario, Canada, April 11, 1869, she moved in early childhood to Minnesota. She was married in 1890 to James A. Thompson, at Fort Pembina, North Dakota, where her only child, Laura, was born.

The Thompsons moved first to Illinois, then to Hooker, where in 1907 they homesteaded the farm two miles northeast of Hooker. Mr. Thompson was at one time a star route mail carrier between Hooker and old Postal. Later they owned and operated a restaurant in Hooker, where many road-weary farmers coming to Hooker for provisions were made happy by Mrs. Thompson, through her kind and unassuming hospitality and delicious home-cooked food.

Still with the love of the Hooker Panhandle in her heart, and never given up the land she fought so hard for in true pioneer spirit, Mrs. Thompson with her daughter, Laura, and grandson, Cortez, journeyed west to California in 1922.

She succumbed to a lingering illness in Los Angeles, February 1.

Last Saturday, February 4, Laura and Cortez brought Mrs. Thompson "home" to Hooker.

Sunday she was buried in the Hooker Cemetery beside her husband.

- - Hooker, Oklahoma newspaper


Sources and/or Contributors:

Russell M. Hart, <Formation1@earthlink.net>
(Has many pictures of the families)