In her own words: A poem by Hazel B. Thompson

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Yes, I can look at the “advances” made by man.

I can see his structures built up into the sky.

I can watch his mad rush against time.

I can study his scientific sloughing,

His approach to emotions and mind.

I can hear his “Gargantuan” power,

His innate genius to think as man –

Crying with gusto, “I can I Can.”

Yes I can look, but I see through my eyes.

What I see, what I hear, what I think, is ME.

I cannot see you as you see yourself.

You cannot see me as I see myself.

As ME, I see the trails blazed by man,

His battles to conquer space

And to govern the acts of men.

The fog will lift, the dawn will come.

We will look and see – together.

Man will awaken and he will see

The weakness in his power and greed.

His strength – the Human Quality of Man

Will plan and build to make a Home.

A Family strong

And secure with children

A father – a mother can.



1941 Ruth Thompson

Ruth Thompson




1947 Jim, David & Herb

Jim, David & Herb waiting for their new brother, Douglas


1948 David on horse

David in front of his house as a cowboy



1950 Walter in chair

Walter in his favorite chair





1954 Family photo

Thompson Clan

1954 Ruth Thompson

Ruth Hanning Thompson 1909-1954

Walter & Blanche kissing

Walter & Blanche – last picture taken together


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  1. Michaeleen McKinley Laney says

    I so enjoyed seeing all the pictures from the past. Brought back memories of seeing our extended families.

  2. Michelle Grenier says

    I was just looking for some historic photos of Manistee and came across this incredible tribute to your family’s history. What a treasure. I was absolutely transported by every verse written by Hazel Thompson.

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