Southfield in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Mary Thompson Farm
The land upon which you stand was generously donated by a very remarkable woman, Miss Mary Elizabeth Thompson. Her great-grandparents and grandparents were pioneer settlers of Southfield Township. During a time when it was rare for a woman to receive an education, Miss Mary graduated from high school in Birmingham, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor's Degree and two Master's Degrees. In 1909 she completed her Doctorate in Education.
With earnings from her teaching salary, Miss Mary saved the 80 acre family farm from auction, and she purchased an additional 86 acres of surrounding land.
As with her family members before her, Miss Mary was very civic minded. At 87 years old, she walked nearly two miles in the rain to pay her taxes. She sold 106 acres to the City of Southfield under market value to build the Civic Center and donated her 60 acre farm upon her death.
After Miss Mary's death, the City of Southfield renovated the house to preserve the structural integrity and to give future generations a glimpse of a long past way of life. The score-hacked massive timbers of the original structure are still intact, showcasing pioneer construction methods.
1795 married to Ann in Ireland
1831 moved to Southfield with daughter Margaret and her husband John Parks
donated part of their farm for a school house
organized the Covenenter Church
John and Margaret Parks
1838 donated part of their farm for the church
Margaret Ann Parks and William Thompson
1861 married by J.S.T. Milligan
1870 bought farm
had five children including Mary and James
Mary Elizabeth Thompson
sold land under market value to create civic center
willed house and farm for senior use
Location. 42° 28.659′ N, 83° 14.43′ W. Marker is in Southfield, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25630 Evergreen Road, Southfield MI 48076, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mary Thompson House (a few steps from this marker); Memorial Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Lawrence Institute of Technology (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historical Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Southfield United Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Southfield Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Historical Marker (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southfield.
Also see . . . Mary Elizabeth Thompson. (Submitted on November 16, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Education • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.