Tuesday, February 13, 2018


The Wilmington News Journal , Monday, May 27, 1957 reported that at Rehoboth

in the VIA clubhouse, twenty pupils of Mrs. Blanch Thompson, piano teacher of

Rehoboth Beach staged a recital last Friday night. How many Rehoboth folks remember

Blanch Greenley Blackstons Thompason ? She payed piano and organ at many weddings,

funerals and special occasions during the 1940's, 1950's and up to the '70's or later. Blanch

was born in Millsboro to Ernest Coward Blackstone , a Millsboro druggist and his wife,

Maud Edda Blackston , April 30, 1909.

On November 8, 1933 she and Leon Leslie Thompson were married in Wilmington,

Delaware. They had two sons , Ernest Blackston Thompson, born 1934, and I think\

his name was George, probably born in early 1940's .

Leon Leslie Thompson, best known around Rehoboth as “Blub” was born in Laurel on

11 June 1899 . His father was a dry goods merchant in Laurel. 'Blub' was a WWI Navy

aviator, discharged as a Lt. Commander, was the Rehoboth railroad freight station manager,

helped start Rehoboth airport, taught many of the area how to fly, and was a civic leader for


Leon and Blance Thompson a are buried in All Saints Episcopal Cemetery, Indian River,

Sussex county. Did anyone know them?

OK, now to the recital and the young pianists of the late 1950's. They were; Linda Austin.

Linda Maull, Patricia Brittingham, Margaret Rowland, Tony Hill, Roberta Marshall,

Jane Hirnyck, Carol Ann Massey, Norrene Austin,, Stevie Lehman, Carol McNeilly,

Patricia Morris, Susanne Mark, Dolores Pfister, Lois Wilson, Ellen White, Barbara

White, Barbara Bailey and Rite Ware. Lets have a rundown of them.   

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