Interview with Hazel Thompson by Margery Mysak
Contributed by, Russ Jenkins
Hazel Thompson was born August 27, 1897, at Paris, Iowa. Her parents
were Frank O. and Lena O. (Harriott) Thompson. Hazel attended the Elmont
School and graduated from the Central City High School. She moved from the
farm west of Paris to live with her aunt and uncle, William and Alice Hall,
in Central City, where she worked at the Post Office for $90.00 a month. She
worked from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and couldn't leave until the mail was all
hand stamped and ready for the train when it came. About that time a stamp
for a basic letter was two cents.
On December 4, 1922, Hazel was married to John Kearns. He was born June
1, 1887, at Mascot, Nebraska. He was the son of Will and Hattie (Tanner)
Kearns of Atlanta, Nebraska. Will and Thomas Kearns of Central City were
brothers. John Kearns was an interior decorator. John died November 4,
1959, and is buried at the Blodgett Cemetery west of town. John served in
France with the US Army in World War I.
On June 5, 1961, Hazel was married to Manning Thomas. He was born
November 11, 1899, at Dwight, Illinois, the son of Cyrus and Mary (Hekel)
Thomas. Manning was a farmer. he died July 13, 1972, and is buried at Mt.
Hazel was a seamstress for many years, when she was paid $1.50 to make a
housedress and $1.00 to hem a dress. She had the first automatic
buttonholer, the first pair of pinking shears and the first steam iron in
Central City. She was paid five cents each to make buttonholes for customers.
Hazel's sister, Pearl Thompson, was born March 4, 1895. She married
Homer Siever. Pearl died in 1947. Hazel's brother, Roy Thompson, was born
May 7, 1892. He married Mabel Rech.
Hazel is a member of the Methodist Church, Wymadosis, Philetha, Eastern
Star, American Legion Auxillary, Women's Literary and Musical Club and the
Central City Historical Society.