We thank Robert G. Lancaster, Editor and Publisher of The Cottonwood Current newspaper for permission to use the following story and picture. Mr. Edwin Bjornebo of Cottonwood, Minnesota 56229 was kind enough to send us this item. He felt sure our readers would enjoy it as Knute Thompson is a well known Iron-Man in the upper Midwest.
K.A. Thompson, well known pioneer road builder, well driller and , operator of steam threshing rigs, was chosen to be Lions Club Senior citizen of the month.
Knute was born on May 14, 1889 only a half mile from where he now lives. He and his wife, Bettie, live in a comfortable home in the Thompsonville settlement, only three miles from where she was born. The day I stopped out to visit them Knute was out in his workshop where he spends many hours working on his various projects. Bettie said he had received a new watch for Christmas and she was hopeful that he would get in for meals on time to no avail. He enjoys keeping busy and all of his life he has lent a helping hand to many, no matter what their problem.
He was called on at the age of fourteen to take over the controls of a neighbor's 'Minnesota Giant', a name well known to many old timers. It was from that time on he was steam engine enthusiast and still is to this day. Knute's father was always the unfortunate one when buying tractors. They were always in need of repair and it was here he learned much in repairing them. Much of his time has been spent with his threshing machines and once had three rigs going at one time around the neighborhood.
Not wanting to see the old threshing machines fade away he began his threshing show which drew spectators from miles around. These along with many of his antique engines and other machines are really something to see.
He spent twenty years as a well driller and was responsible for many of the wells in the area. Starting out with a road grader he eventually expanded to road building and for many years constructed roads around the area.
Mr. Thompson has always been a great inspiration to many with his honesty and his willingness to always help others with their problems no matter what they were.
'Knute, I know we join many in grateful appreciation for your many kind deeds and helpfulness through the years. Mange Tak.'