THE THOMSON CHILDREN, 1887

Back row: Henry, Tom (age 10), Elizabeth, Minnie, George, Ralph, Louisa  Front row in white : Fraser, Margaret (Peg) (James, died at 9 months in 1882)

"My earliest recollections of Tom picture him as a beautiful brown eyed, rosy-cheeked little lad with a very happy disposition and a capacity for fun and enjoyment of life above the average. [...] There were so many things to make life pleasant-swings, skipping ropes, sleds, lawn croquet, a merry-go-round. Which father either made or got for us, and a turning lathe, he and the boys made, and there was the music, which we all enjoyed so much."

- Louisa Thomson, older sister (3 years)

 (Library and Archives Canada/Bibliotheque et Archives Canada, MG30 D38 'Blodwen Davies fonds', Vol. 11)

"Later Tom joined the village band, as one of the cornet players. [...] George playing the clarinet, Henry and Ralph, violins and Tom the mandolin. There was also a cornet, a brass viol, a slide trombone and piano. They played rather intoxicating dance music and with a flawless maple floor in the hall, a good time was a foregone conclusion."

- Minnie Thomson, older sister (2 years)

 (Library and Archives Canada/Bibliotheque et Archives Canada, MG30 D38 'Blodwen Davies fonds', Vol. 11)

Thomson Children, 1887