Someone once said that a man was born many men but died only one. I'm not sure that I agree with that, Harry Thompson was the second born of nine children with three different last names. When he was young he loved to play baseball, but took a lot of ribbing, had a short temper, and so he got into a many fights according to his brothers and sisters.
In 1929, he was in Chicago in a boarding house, he was awakend by machine gunfire in the middle of the night. The next morning when he read the paper it told about the St. Valentines Day Masacure and he emedietly found a way to get back to Huntington.
According to the 1930 Cencus he lived in a boarding house in the west end of Huntington and worked at an unknown glass factory.
Like half a million other people, he was displaced by the 1937 flood. He went to another town to find work, to support the family and again referencing his brothers and sisters, played minor league baseball and they say he also played against Ted Williams(records show that Ted Williams played on the minor league Minisota Millers).
When Harry came back to the Huntington area, the factory he had previously had worked at had not yet been rebuilt so he went for work at Bishoff and in 1939 he went to Blenko.
Harry Thompson was a glassblower, instructor, and finally ran a handshop here in Indiana with Tom Connaly as
He was a fighter and a trainer, he trained his brother in law to a golden gloves state runner up.
He was a baseball player and a coach, he couched his oldest sons team to an undefeated season.
He was a Hunter, Fisherman, and a fishing guide in Florida, but most of all he was a husband and our father.