Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bona Thompson Library

The last permanent structure built for Butler University in Irvington came in 1903 with the completion of the Bona Thompson Memorial Library. Named after a Butler grad who died of typhoid fever, Bona Thompson (class of 1897) was the beloved daughter of Edward and Mary Thompson. Devastated by their daughter's death, the Thompsons donated the money for the land and the construction of Butler's library. Mrs. Thompson died before the completion of the structure and Mr. Thompson died shortly after the grand opening. The building today is home to the Irvington Historical Society. This post card was sent in 1910 by Irvington resident William Reynolds (52 Downey Avenue) to Mrs. Edward Price of Shelbyville, Indiana.

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