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Maude Thompson was born in Detroit Michigan in January 1888. She was the daughter of Danial Dadgley and Nancy Youmans.

 

In 1895 they moved to Trenton Ontario where she finished school. She married Frank Thompson on December 2, 1908 in Niagara Falls.

 

Frank was an iron worker and he was killed by a fall from scaffolding in 1916, leaving Maude a widow with three small children.

 

After Frank’s death she moved to Bancroft and bought a house at the corner of Bridge and Billa Streets, where she resided for fifty-six years. She raised her children Harold, Percy, and Myrtle in that house.

There was a barn out back and she kept a cow for milk and a pig for meat. There was a gravel pit beside the barn and she also sold gravel to make ends meet. Maude traveled by train to surrounding village to sell ladies undergarments.

 

After her family had grown she spent her winters in Niagara Falls and her summers at her home in Bancroft. She was a great gardener and shared her bounty with others. Like many women during the war, she belonged to the War Workers. This group sent parcels of clothing and necessities to the soldiers overseas. She was an active church member. She lived a quiet life until her death in 1972.