Reunion Reports


| November/December 1963

Cottonwood, Minnesota

On August 3rd and 4th, 1963, Cottonwood, Minnesota, celebrated its 75th Anniversary. A varied program of entertainment was put on for a great number of people who came 'home' for the occasion.

Of great interest was the Old Time Threshing exhibit by K. A. Thompson and Sons who threshed on both days. At the throttle was John Klausler, another veteran thresher man of Cotton-wood. Both Mr. Thompson and Mr. Klausler were successful threshers and business men and saw the great change from the small crude threshers and engines of pioneer days to the large wing fed machines in use until the combines took over.

Also present was George D. Winter of Pipestone, Minnesota and that master craftsman Ted Lange of Hector, Minn. with their model Case engines. Pictures of these engines have appeared in recent issues of the Album. Both of these engines were belted to threshers of appropriate size for their rating and received a great deal of favorable comment.

Everyone knows what Knute Thompson and sons did for our 75th. He brought back memories of the past with his ancient iron horses and well restored machines of various descriptions. Thousands of people took in the Threshing Bee during the two days and memories were brought back to lots of the old timers. Our heartiest thanks go out to Knute for his tremendous contribution to our 75th.

Knute Thompson old time exhibits: 1913 nine horse Case Steam Engine. This engine was purchased from Mr. Gilmore of Frederic, Wisconsin. In the earlier years it used to furnish power for threshing and later it was used to furnish steam for the Creamery at Frederic, Wisc. Knute reconstructed the machine adding the canopy, coal and water bunks, new boiler jacket, rubber tires, headlight and bell.


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