Hoxie Harry Thompson, the tenth child of John Martin Thompson, and the fourth child of his mother, Emma Holt Thompson, whose active work in the Thompson interests just now is the management of the plant at Willard, is a very scholarly and traveled man, as well as a manager of men and a saw mill man.
He was born July 15, 1880, at the old homestead in the village of Kilgore, Tex., and, as others of his brothers, entered school under Rev. I. Alexander, at the age of 8 years.
The family moved to Sherman, Tex., in 1893, and the autumn of that year Hoxie Harry entered Austin College. Between that date and 1901, when he was graduated at Austin College, he was out of the school for two years.
Austin College at that time had a preparatory course to the four-year college course, and the subject of this sketch took the entire preparatory and classical course in that thorough school of learning without eliminating anything which the curriculum contained. He won one year a prize in mathematics, also the preparatory scholarship, and was usually on the honor roll, and was graduated with the B. S. degree.
The time between 1893 and 1901 in which he was away from college he spent at Willard, doing all kinds of saw mill work, his saw mill tasks becoming heavier as he came into manhood.
Graduating from Austin College in 1901, he entered Cornell University at Ithaca, N. Y., that fall, to take a civil engineering course. In the spring of 1903 he left college to seek practical employment in railroad construction work. His first position was with the Kansas City, Mexican & Orient railway. Then, after doing work for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railway, as transit man in Indian Territory, he returned to his college work in September, 1904.
He was graduated a civil engineer from Cornell University in 1905 and went to work for the Great Northern railway, in Nebraska. He was a resident engineer for the Great Northern on construction work completed in January, 1906, when he spent three months' leave of absence with his father and mother in Florida and Cuba. On his return to the Great Northern he was sent on a survey up the Columbia river in Washington and was on this work running a transit until the middle of the summer. When the Thompson Bros. Lumber Company was organized he returned to Texas and was at the mills until December 27, 1906.
Upon that date he married Miss Goree Gregg, of Sherman, Tex., the daughter of Judge and Mrs. E. T. Gregg, who have been residents of Sherman for thirty years, Judge Gregg being one of the most popular men on the bench in north Texas.
After his marriage Hoxie Harry, following family tradition, entered Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie and was there until called home by his father's death in March, 1907, since which time he has been active in the business affairs of the Thompson interests.
Mr. Thompson is treasurer of the Thompson & Tucker Lumber Company, second vice president of the J. M. Thompson Lumber Company, treasurer of the Thompson Bros. Lumber Company, a director in all these companies and in the Thompson & Ford Lumber Company.