FRANK L. THOMPSON, farmer, stockmen, thresher and enterprising business man, has been engaged in threshing some thirty years, his father having been thus engaged for thirty-six years. Mr. Thompson was born in section 32, Big Grove township, Benton county, Iowa, August 8, 1864. He received a common school education and at the age of sixteen years operated one of his father's threshing machines. He has been very successful, and has made all the present substantial improvements on his farm, having modern comforts and conveniences in his handsome residence. He owns some nine threshing outfits, which he operates and oversees, and employs from six to twenty-five or thirty men, according to the season of year. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of land, in the northeast quarter of section 32, and has six fine stallions, five Percherons and one Belgian. Politically he is a Republican, although he takes no active part in public affairs, being very much occupied with his various enterprises. He pays close attention to his business, and is amply rewarded by the results obtained by him.
Mr. Thompson married, in Benton county, Mary, daughter of Eli Grimm, of Garrison. Dr. Grimm is a veterinary surgeon and an early resident of Iowa, having come to the state in 1864 and to Benton county in 1883; he owns some four hundred acres of land in Big Grove township, and is given further mention elsewhere in this work. Mr. Thompson and his wife have seven children, namely: Martha, wife of August Mussman, of Big Grove township ; James, Florence, Cora, Arzey, Horace and Mary (or Molly), all living at home. Mr. Mussman and his wife have had two children, Lawrence, who died when a few months old, and Elsie, now about one year old.