His Bellechase Plantation was razed in March 1960 to make way for government buildings. His French Quarter townhome is now a strip club called Temptations.
When it comes to the Simmers side of the family, it’s no easy task separating fact from fiction. Spirited recollections made around holiday dinner tables, memories shared over coffee or scotch were taken as gospel. Little paperwork was left behind to substantiate oral tradition. Then along comes intrepid family genealogist Judy Herbert , who, based on her postings in message boards […]
Only five of Annie Maria Boyce’s 10 children lived to adulthood, and ill-health forced her to spend summers in California, according to letters left behind by her son, Joseph Edward Thompson. Like many Western pioneers, Annie Maria Boyce lived a hard life, though she was steadfast in her faith and a great inspiration to her children. […]
In the early 1880s, Frederick Manthano Pickering set out to make his fortune. He traveled more than 3000 miles by covered wagon from his hometown of Portland, Maine, all the way across the country to San Francisco. Two years later, he sent for his childhood sweetheart, Marie Gingras. Marie’s route was more circuitous, but equally daring. Taking her Hope Chest, which remains […]
Loved by all for his kindness and warm wit, Boyce Thompson, Sr. died unexpectedly on December 17th 2009 at 76 years of age. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Simmers Thompson. He is survived by brothers Bill and Tony Thompson and by four children–Boyce and wife Carol, Hugh and wife […]
My grandfather, William Boner Thompson, will always be remembered for his avid consumption of World War II history books. On visits to his homes in Bronxville or Pasadena, we would invariably find him sitting forward on the living room sofa, engulfed in a Lucky Strike cloud, immersed in a tome. It turns out that most of these war books were about the […]