Sharing history with the community and helping to raise money for the Museum of the Highwood is why Lori Koehler's home is part of the 2018 Historic Homes Tour on September 15th in High River.

Her family owns the Edmund Fulton Thompson residence, a one-and-a-half story California bungalow, which was built in 1915 and moved to its location in 1918.

She became involved with the tour after stopping at the Museum to learn about the history of the house.

"We came into the museum after we had moved here," said Koehler. "We had been interested about the history of the house so it was neat to know some of the names of people who had been in it."

Edmund Fulton Thompson arrived in High River in 1899 from his home in Prince Edward Island. He was a prominent businessman in High River, as well as the brother-in-law and a business partner of Senator Dan Riley.

Thompson operated the ferry at Highwood Crossing, worked at the High River Horse Ranch and the Bar U Ranch.

He partnered with his future brother-in-law and future Senator Dan Riley in the Riley and Thompson Livery Stable, a land agency, machine shop and a ranch.

Thompson married Florence MacMillian in 1906 and after his partnership with Riley dissolved in 1916 they moved into this home where they remained until 1939.


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