Henry Hoxie "Harry" Thompson, Sr. (1880-1959), biography c. 1926
[New Encyclopedia of Texas]
  Source: Davis, Ellis A. and Edwin H. Grobe, eds. New Encyclopedia of Texas. Dallas, Tex. Texas Development Bureau, 1926. Vol. II, p. 1234-1237.

HOXIE H. THOMPSON, for many years a factor in the lumber business at Houston, is an executive in two of the largest lumber companies of Texas, and also has large timber interests in the state. Mr. Thompson is president of the Thompson Brothers Lumber Company, and vice president of the Thompson-Tucker Lumber Company, both of which maintain home offices in Houston. Associated with Mr. Thompson in these companies for many years was his brother, the late Mr. Alex Thompson, who was vice president of the Thompson Brothers Lumber Company and president of the Thompson-Tucker Lumber Company; Mr. J. Lewis Thompson, another brother, who is president of the Public National Bank of Houston, is associated with him in the lumber business. The Thompson's interests also include a number of saw mills in Trinity County and large timber interests in Southeast Texas. The Thompson Brothers Lumber Company and the Thompson-Tucker Lumber Company are among the largest shippers of lumber in this section. Mr. Thompson has offices in the State National Bank Building.

Hoxie H. Thompson was born at Kilgore, in Gregg County, Texas, the fifteenth of July, 1880, the son of John M. Thompson and Emily (Holt) Thompson. John M. Thompson, a native of Georgia, came to Texas in 1845, seven years later going to Gregg County, where he settled at Kilgore, in the heart of the pine forests of the state. Shortly after going to Kilgore Mr. Thompson began in the lumber business, in a small way, gradually expanding his interests as conditions justified, and laid the foundations of the Thompson Brothers Lumber Company and the Thompson-Tucker Lumber Company interests of today. He established the Thompson-Tucker Lumber Company at Kilgore in 1852, at which time he owned and operated a string of around ten saw mills. One of the pioneers in the lumber industry in Texas, Mr. Thompson was throughout his career one of those men who saw the possibilities of this great resource of the Lone Star State, and set about in a conservative way to develop these resources. His name will ever be associated with the names of William Cameron and W. T. Carter, likewise pioneers in the lumber industry, and three men to whom the industry of today owes much. Mrs. Thompson, who before her marriage was Miss Emily Holt, was a native of Caddo Parish, Louisiana. She came with her parents to Texas as a girl of nine years, the family locating at Kilgore, where she grew to womanhood. On July 18, 1871, she was married to John Martin Thompson. They had a family of six children, four sons and two daughters.

Hoxie H. Thompson spent his early years at Kilgore, attending the schools there. Later, in 1893, the family removed to Sherman, and he entered Austin College there, taking preparatory work for the ensuing three years, and following this with four years of college work, taking the B. S. degree in 1901. Mr. Thompson then entered Cornell University, specializing in civil engineering, and taking the C. E. degree in 1905. Immediately following he went with the Great Northern Railroad, spending 1905 and 1906 in railroad work. He then returned to Texas, going in the lumber mills operated by his father, and working in all departments, learning the lumber business through practical experience. In 1917 he was made president of the Thompson Brothers Lumber Company and vice president of the Thompson-Tucker Lumber Company.

Mr. Thompson was married at Sherman, Texas, the twenty-seventh of December, 1906, to Miss Goree Gregg, a native of Sherman and the daughter of Judge E. P. Gregg, a prominent attorney of North Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson reside in Houston at 5000 Caroline Street, and have one child, Hoxie H. Thompson, Jr. Mr. Thompson belongs to the Houston Club, the Houston Country Club, the River Oaks Country Club, the University Club, the Lumbermen's Club, and is a Mason, and a member of the Shrine Temple in Houston. Mr. Thompson is one of the well known lumbermen of Texas, and like his father, has been active in the advancement of the lumber industry, as well as taking a deep interest in the civic progress of Houston.

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