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Grace Anna (Calder) Thompson Collection

 Unprocessed — Box: 03438 B
Identifier: H2004-047

Content Description

This collection consists of one photograph album. The album was created by Grace Anna Calder Thompson. Grace was born in 1903 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to George and Anna Calder. She had an older sister, Mabel and a younger brother, George. Grace’s mother was born in Sweden in 1868 and her father was born in Scotland in 1873 and they were married in 1892. They immigrated to the United States around 1894 and then arrived in South Dakota in 1895. Her father was a farmer in the Aberdeen area. George Sr. died sometime between 1905 and 1915. The 1915 South Dakota state census shows Anna as a widower and she has become a housekeeper. By the 1920 federal census, Mabel is no longer listed with the family. Anna is listed as a housekeeper and George Jr. is a Messenger for Western Union. Grace was living with her mother and younger brother in 1920, but no occupation is listed. The 1925 South Dakota state census only shows Grace and her mother Anna. By this time Grace had become a bookkeeper. Grace married Allan R. Thompson on June 5, 1926 in Aberdeen. They had a son, Frank Allen on July 6, 1928 in Aberdeen. Allan was from Missouri and he was employed as an accountant in a printing office according to the 1930 federal census. None of the family appears in the 1935 or 1945 South Dakota state census records. Frank Allen Thompson is the donors’ stepfather. The photograph album contains unidentified photographs of the Calder and Thompson families. Frank A. is shown fishing in an undated [1930s] newspaper clipping from the Aberdeen American News. The photographs have been glued and taped into the album. The photographs may be removed from the album at a later date in order to preserve them.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1911-1962



0.25 Cubic Feet