Grandma’s Physics Notebook

Blanche in Wedding Dress 1903

Blanche Wilhelmina Henrietta Bucher Thompson

Grandma Blanche did not graduate high school with her class, as she had to stay home and help her mother raise her adopted brother, Earl. She returned the following year and signed up for the  Scientific curriculum, something unheard of for a girl to do at the dawning of the twentieth century.  But Grandma diligently pursued a scientific diploma, taking Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, along with Geography, German and English. She graduated with honors.

Below I have published the most graphically interesting of her notebooks, her Physics Notebook.  If you click on any of the thumbnail images below, you will increase the size of the page so that you can easily read the beautiful manuscript that Grandma Blanche produced.  Her handwriting is something to behold, and her line drawings are quite good as well.  Now well over 100 years have passes since this notebook was created.  Grandma took care of it as well as the rest of her notebooks and passed them on to her daughter, Hazel, for safe keeping.  Now I have the honor to preserve them for another generation and share them with all of you.  At the bottom of the page is a red script that reads: Grandma’s Physics Notebook.  If you click this it will take you to the entire manuscript.

I am happy to publish this manuscript of my Grandma’s Physics Notebook.  Please enjoy it’s beauty as well as any information that you care to delve into. I hope to have the other notebooks up before to much time.


Grandma’s Physics Notebook


  1. Mary (Anderson) Fernnandez says

    Hi there…it’s looks like we may be related! My great grandmother was Bessie Thompson. Her father was Stacy Clay Thompson and her mother was Ida May Goodenow.

    • David Thompson says

      Hi Mary, I am attempting to contact you and Christa and Robert concerning an upcoming visit from Claudia Breland in mid October. Somehow I have misplaced phone numbers. Please contact me as. 415-924-5229. Or email:

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