Since our annual was dedicated to Mr. Thompson and he was definitely loved by all, I thought it would be nice to have an update on him. I want to thank Russell for providing the following information on his dad.
Russell, Barbara Marshall and
Mr. R. Thompson was born 1912 in Bannack, MT. and graduated from Beaverhead High School in 1930. He played Football, Basketball and Track all 4 years.
He went to Western Montana College and graduated in 1934. He was the first and only athlete to earn 12 letters in college. (4 in each – Football, Basketball, and Track) He was nicknamed “Cat” after All-American Cat Thompson of MSU.
Dad was coached in High School by Brick Braedan who was also an All-American and had the MSU field house named in his honor.
Dad and Mom got married in 1935 and they lived in Bannack where Dad was a teacher and they ran the store also.
In 1943 Dad was Principal at Clinton near Missoula.
In 1945 Dad was drafted in the Navy and served two (2) years. We moved to Hobson in 1948 where Dad taught and coached Football, Basketball and Track.
In 1952 we moved to Moccasin and Dad taught and coached Football, Basketball and Baseball. He moved to Dillon in 1959 and taught for two (2) years and then returned to Moccasin as superintendent until his retirement.
Dad is in the Coaches Hall of Fame in Montana, as well as the Western Montana College Hall of Fame.