By Margery DeMan Welker
November 09, 2009
I personally have a huge problem with the cousin in Calif being
Irvin Thompson's closest relative . . . they even mention that
Irvin was related to the Schlais family, which he was, yet they
didn't contact any of the people by that name in Ketchkan, e.g.,
Evard, Faye, Alex. It might've been nice to bury him near his
mother and father, if they had done a little research, as I know
Aunt Margie was devestated when he was killed.
I also think it's a shame that the cousin asked to remain anonymous
so that no one in the family can verify who he or she is or get
into contact with him/her. There are numerous other Schlais
relatives in Alaska, although not all of them have that last
name, but starting with the few Schlais's left in Ketchikan would've
been a good start.
I also do not believe that
Irvin's father, Andy Thompson, died in 1942 - I can remember
my grandmother, her sister Evelyn, and my mother visiting Aunt
Margie & Uncle Andy in Oregon when I was a child, probably
in the early 60's. I am not sure where they are buried or when
they died but he did not die in 1942.
Margery DeMan Welker
About: "I am related to
Irvin Thompson - his mother, Margaret Schlais Thompson (who we
called Aunt Margie) was my grandmother's sister (Elizabeth Mary
Received November 06, 2009
- Published November 09, 2009
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