Farm Collector

Noted Thresher Pioneer, 79, Dies

Herald Journal Staff Writer

Lynden Kimball  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.

  • Published on May 1, 1967
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