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Elwin A. Thompson


Elwin A. Thompson

Denison Editor Dead; Was Ill But Week. Elwin A. Thompson Victim of Peritonitis--End Comes in Hospital at Sherman.

[Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 7, 1910.]

Denison, Texas, Oct. 7.—Elwin A. Thompson, editor of the Denison Herald, is dead at his home here. The end came at 9:20 last night in the hospital at Sherman and was due to peritonitis, from which he had suffered but one week. When stricken, an operation was intended, but when he was taken to the hospital his condition was so serious it was decided to forego this until he improved enough to permit it. He grew gradually worse, however, and it was apparent yesterday that the end was near.

Mr. Thompson was born in Vermont forty years ago, and came to Denison seventeen years ago. The Denison Herald was then for sale, and Mr. Thompson purchased the property, one or more friends being associated with him. Twelve years ago he married Miss Margaret Balkey of Kansas City, who survives him, with two children, Elwin and Jane. His father, L. S. Thompson, is now a citizen of Denison. He leaves one sister, Mrs. R. C. Hearne of Fort Worth.

The Denison Herald was established in 1889.  The newspaper was the third active paper in the city and undertook the responsibility of recording the important happenings, noting the growth, and informing the citizens of the progress being made by the town.

The original charter for the Herald Publishing Company was issued July 3, 1889, but the paper did poorly until 1891, when Elwin A. Thompson bought controlling interest and started building the paper's circulation and advertising.

When Thompson died in 1910, his widow carried on until 1913, when J. Lee Greer and Henry Ellis formed a stock company and bought the paper from Mrs. Thompson.

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