MARGARET THOMSON was born in Chester PA around 1863 to William and Frances McClenand. Her father was a schoolteacher, according to the 1880 Census. The 1906 Camden City Directory show her working as a schoolteacher and living at 415 Penn Street. Her sisters, Frances Wilmerton and Mary Brown, lived at 413 Penn Street, were also schoolteachers, and were both widows. The 1910 Census states that Margaret Thomson was a widow at that time.
Margaret Thomson served in the Camden public school system for thirty years. She retired in June of 1933, after having served as principal of the all-girls Northeast School for 16 years. She had worked across the street at the William J. Sewell School prior to her promotion to the principal's chair at Northeast.
When the Census was taken in April of 1930, Margaret Thomson, then a widow, was living with her two widowed sisters, Frances Wilmerton and Mary Brown, at 413 Penn Street. By 1947 the sisters were gone from Penn Street. Judge Mitchell H. Cohen was then the current resident.
Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1933
Northeast Principal Is Guest of Honor at Dinner
teachers of Northeast
Streets, honored Mrs.
Margaret Thomson, principal of the school, at an
informal dinner Wednesday night in Haddon Heights, to mark Mrs.
retirement from active service in Camden schools after 30 years,
of the teachers at the dinner at the "Little White House" tea
room are members of the present staff of Northeast School, while others
have taught at the school and have either retired or been transferred.
Thomson began her Camden teaching career in 1904
she was assigned to Sewell School. For 12
the boys of Sewell School and members of their families regarded Mrs.
as more than a teacher, often bringing to her little family
problems to be settled, or seeking advice in matters other than affairs of
Thomson was named principal of Northeast
School, across the street from
the building where she started teaching in Camden. Her interests in the
families remained the same for her pupils at Northeast
School were the%
girls of the same families
she had counseled while at Sewell School.
was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, and received her education
there. She taught in the Chester schools for several years before her
decided to re-enter the teaching profession several years after her
marriage and went to Millersville Normal School for further training.
her sister, Mrs. Mary Brown, had located in Camden to start the French
department in the high school. Mrs. Brown, pleased with Camden and its
schools, persuaded Mrs.
to come here, and a few years later they
were joined by another sister, Mrs. Frances Wilmerton.
member of Centenary-Tabernacle
Methodist Episcopal Church since coming to Camden, Mrs.
been active in church affairs of the community. She has served as
treasurer of the Teachers' Relief Insurance Fund, and is a member of the
State Teachers' Association as well as the National Education Association.
her efforts, the number of Camden teachers associated with the insurance
fund has increased from less than 500 to more than 500, and the benefits
have been increased from $300 to $500.
will be honored Monday at a reception given by members of the
Parent-Teacher Association of Sewell and
Schools and by
families, of the community. The reception will be held in State Street
Methodist Episcopal Church, Sixth and
James Bryan, former
superintendent of Camden schools; Dr. Leon
N. Neulen, present superintendent; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Camden
Board of Education, and several former pupils of Mrs.
her career as a teacher here and recount many incidents of her work.
Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933
Retiring Principal Will Be Honored
Margaret Thomson, retiring principal of
School, will be honored
tonight at a reception given by members of the Parent-Teacher Association
of Sewell and
Schools and by families of the
reception will be held in State Street
Methodist Episcopal Church, Sixth
Mrs. Thomson will retire at the end of the present school term after 30
years of active service in North
Dr. James Bryan, former superintendent of Camden schools; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, present superintendent; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board of education, and several former pupils of Miss Thomson will speak.
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933
Principal Honored By 700
Margaret Thomson, who for 30 years has been a teacher or principal of North
schools, was honored last night on the eve of her retirement with a
M.E. Church, attended by 700 persons.
than 150 former pupils, now grown to manhood and womanhood, were in the
audience when a massive four foot basket of flowers and a floor lamp were
presented Mrs. Thomson.
will retire at the end of the present school term.
former superintendent of Camden schools, Dr. Leon
present superintendent, and Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Board of
Education, paid tribute to the work of the retiring principal.
Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933
Eight retiring school principals were honored last night at a banquet in the junior ballroom of Hotel Walt Whitman by the Camden Principals' Association.
Amid decorations of roses and spring flowers these teachers, who have served the city from 35 to 40 years, heard words of praise from their schoolmates and superiors.
They are Miss Daisy Furber, Central School; Mrs. Margaret Thomson, Northeast; Miss Minerva Stackhouse, Davis; Miss Bessie Snyder, McKinley; Miss Clara S. Burrough, Camden High; Miss Helen Wescott, Mulford; Miss Loretta Ireland, Cooper; Miss Charlotte V. Dover, Washington.
Harry Showalter, president of the association, presided. Eighty guests represented the entire school system of 38 institutions. Showalter, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, and Dr. James E. Bryan, retired superintendent, joined in paying tribute to the retiring principals as having set a high example for Camden's school system.
The male teachers serenaded the women instructors and vice versa with song. At the closing the teachers joined hands at the suggestion of Dr. Bryan and sang "Auld Lang Syne." .
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