Noted Thresher Pioneer, 79, Dies

Lynden Kimball  Wood

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Herald Journal Staff Writer

Lynden KimballĀ  Wood, 79, whose annual Four-State Threshing Bee drew thousands each late summer to his home in Mendon, died January 2 of natural causes at a Logan hospital.

Mr. Wood devoted his life to the preservation of equipment man fashioned to thresh grain. Each year for the past 16 years, he 'treated' all who would come to a day out of the past an-old fashioned threshing bee. From a small start, interest grew until the past few years thousands gathered at his lot to see horse-powered threshing Mr. Wood owned one of the three or four still existent in the United States and had made a half scale model which was operated by Shetland ponies to see complete outfits of steam threshers, operated by friends and neighbors, thresh grain harvested the old way and pitched in bundles from stacks, to see a tug of war between steam and manpower, and a hill climbing demonstration with both model and original steam engines. L. K. Wood is going to be missed.

He was born April 24, 1887, Mendon, a son of Joseph! and Julia Kimball Wood. grew up in Mendon, attended school there and was active all of his life in the Ward. He fulfilled an mission to the Western cates from 1912 to 1914.

In World War I, he served to years in France as mechanic for an infantry company. He was a consultant at the museum of 'Man and his Bread' at Utah State University and had charge of the display models of threshing equipment at the State Capitol Building for 19 years. He was a member of the Thresher-men's Association of the Intermountain States and was author of a number of articles on threshing. He had been president of the Mendon Historical Society and was instrumental in erecting the pioneer monument there.

On September 3, 1919, he married Pearl V. Jensen in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Surviving are his widow of Mendon; a daughter, Mrs. Alan (Audrey) Maynard, Clarkston, Washington; two grandsons; a twin brother, Alonzo Wood, Mendon.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. in the Mendon LDS Ward Chapel by Bishop Fred Sorensen.

Friends may call at Hall Mortuary Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday prior to services. Burial will be in Mendon City Cemetery.