Biographies

Biography of Pickering-Thomson, Mary Louise, 1879-1967

Mary Louise Pickering Thomson was born on August 14, 1879, in Brantford Ontario and came to Portage La Prairie in 1882 with her parents, Joseph and Martha Pickering. Joseph Pickering was a carpenter and he went to work for the Manitoba and North Western Railway and later for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Mary, known to her family and friends as Mamie, became a teacher at a very early age, receiving a non-professional teaching certificate in 1895. Not all of her teaching experiences were happy ones and she decided to leave the profession in 1899. That same year, on December 19, she married George Fisher Thomson, who was ten years older than she was. George, who had come from Galt, Ontario, in 1878, was a farmer who lived at Portage Plains, just north of Portage La Prairie. He was a widower and had a three-year-old son. Mamie now left her old life behind to become a farmer’s wife. She and George had two daughters and three sons. George died in 1922. Mamie died on August 3, 1967, only two years shy of her 90th birthday.

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diaries

  1. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 23 January 1893
  2. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 23 January 1893
  3. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 12 April 1893
  4. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 31 May 1893
  5. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 11 June 1893
  6. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 6 April 1896
  7. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 13 May 1896
  8. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 21 May 21 1896
  9. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 22 June 1896
  10. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 18 July 1896
  11. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 28 September 1896
  12. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 25 December 1896
  13. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 2 January 1897
  14. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 25 June 1897
  15. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 1 September 1897
  16. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 31 March 1898
  17. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 21 April 1898
  18. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 23 April 1898
  19. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 29 April 1898
  20. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 1 May 1898
  21. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 6 May 1898
  22. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 14 May 1898
  23. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 20 May 1898
  24. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 17 June 1898
  25. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 21 June 1898
  26. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 16 July 1898
  27. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 31 October 1898
  28. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 22 November 1898
  29. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 24 February 1899
  30. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 4 March 1899
  31. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 10 March 1899
  32. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 1 December 1906
  33. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 14 August 1907
  34. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 15 August 1907
  35. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 20 August 1907
  36. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 22 August 1907
  37. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 28 August 1907
  38. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 3 September 1907
  39. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 19 September 1907
  40. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 2 November 1908
  41. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 25 December 1908
  42. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 4 December 1911
  43. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 26 October 1912
  44. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 17 March 1913
  45. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 17 November 1913
  46. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 18 Novemver 1913
  47. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 5 August 1914
  48. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 26 September 1914
  49. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 27 July 1915
  50. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 10 August 1915
  51. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 2 December 1915
  52. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 13 March 1916
  53. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 14 March 1916
  54. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 24 July 1916
  55. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 21 October 1916
  56. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 1 July 1917
  57. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 15 August 1917
  58. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 6 October 1917
  59. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 1 January 1917 - 31 December 1917
  60. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 24 January 1918
  61. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 28 February 1918
  62. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 28 May 1918
  63. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 23 June 1918
  64. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 27 June 1918
  65. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 15 July 1918
  66. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 6 October 1918
  67. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 31 December 1918
  68. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 11 June 1919
  69. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 21 June 1919
  70. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 23 June 1919
  71. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson diary entry dated 29 June1920

publications

  1. "A Former Portager" 1915 (from Mary-Louise Pickering Thomson scrapbooks)
  2. "Fifty Years of Married Life" 1915 (from Mary-Louise Pickering Thomson scrapbooks)
  3. "February Weddings" 16 February 1916 (from Mary-Louise Pickering Thomson scrapbooks)
  4. "Death of Old Time Resident" 28 May 1916 (from Mary-Louise Pickering Thomson scrapbooks)
  5. "Sandy MacVicar Worth Knowing" 1916 (from Mary-Louise Pickering Thomson scrapbooks)
  6. "Gordon Seal Killed in Action" August 1918 (from Mary-Louise Pickering Thomson scrapbooks)

photos

  1. Mary Louise Pickering Thomson
  2. Joseph & Martha E. Pickering and their daughter Mary Louise, age 12

records

  1. Non-professional certificate Mamie L. Pickering
  2. Form of agreement between Mamie Louise Pickering and the trustees of West Prospect School No. 112
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