Woman of the Century/Eva Griffith Thompson
THOMPSON, Mrs. Eva Griffith, editor, born near Jennerville, Somerset county, Pa., 30th June, 1842. Her father, Abner Griffith, a Quaker, died at the age of seventy-two. Her mother. Eliza Cooper Griffith, Scotch-Irish, an octogenarian, still survives. Miss Griffith was married at the beginning of the Civil War, and her husband joined the Union army. EVA GRIFFITH THOMPSON. In six months she was a widow, at the age of twenty. School duties, never given up, were continued, and in 1865 she was graduated from the female seminary in Steubenville, Ohio. S. J. Craighead, county superintendent of common schools of Indiana county, Pa., appointed her deputy superintendent. That is said to be the first time such an honor was conferred upon a woman For years she has held the office of president of the Presbyterian Home Missionary Society. The Grand Army of the Republic men claim her as a comrade, and in many of their meetings she has been called upon to make addresses. At the inauguration of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union movement in Indiana county, she was appointed organizer, a position she still holds. As State superintendent of franchise in the Pennsylvania Woman's Christian Temperance Union she is doing an aggressive work. As editor and proprietor of the "News," Indiana, Pa., she wields her pen in behalf of temperance and reform. The paper indorses the People's Party. Mrs. Thompson is active and earnest in her work.