Bennett, Helene Thomas

Master pnID: 
AMH-PN0227
Residence(s): 
Yuma
Food/ chemical laboratory specialist.
Sloan, Richard E. History of Arizona. Phoenix, Record Pub. Co., 1930, volume 4 (Arizona biography), page 488: One of the leading chemical laboratories in western Arizona is the Thomas Laboratory owned by Helene Thomas Bennett, at Yuma and which has gained a high reputation among the physicians of this section of the state. Mrs. Bennett, whose maiden name was Helen Thomas, was born near Raton, New Mexico on the 5th day of July 1901 and is a daughter of John Bertie and Catherine Helen (Wendell) Thomas, the latter of whom was born in Kansas and now lives in Yuma. John B. Thomas was born near Joplin, Missouri and was for many years an engineer on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad, being in charge of the "California Flyer," one of its crack trains. His death occurred in 1907. Helene Thomas received her elementary education in the public schools of Efffingham, Kansas and graduated from high school at Jasper, Missouri. She attended Baker University and the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Las Cruces, New Mexico an then entered the University of Kansas, from which she was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1922, receiving also her Master Degree from that institution in 1924. From 1922 to 1924 she served as assistant State Food Chemist at Lawrence, Kansas and from July 1, 1924 to February 1926 she was in charge of the state public health laboratory at Topeka, Kansas. In February 1926 she came to Yuma and established the Thomas Laboratory, owned by herself and her mother. They also have a laboratory at El Centro, California and both institutions have been very successful. On July 8, 1927 Miss Thomas was united in marriage to Ray Crawford Bennett of Oklahoma, a lawyer by profession. He was admitted to the bar of Arizona on May 7, 1927 and is now practicing in Yuma. To them was born on October 31, 1928 a daughter, Lou Helen. Mr. Bennett is a veteran of the World War and is a member of the American Legion.

J Am Med Assoc, May 1950; 143: 189: The annual meeting of the Arizona Public Health Association was held April 20-21 at Safford. ... Dr. Harald M. Graning, U. S. Public Health Service, Washington, D. C., spoke on "Public Health -- 1950." Dr. Charles E. Reddick, Phoenix, succeeded Mrs. Marion Sprague as president of the association. Mr. Roy N. Jones, supervisor, Phoenix Health Department, was chosen presidentelect and Mrs. Helene T. Bennett of Yuma, vice president.
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