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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":

Chapter 10:

Thompson Valley

-As transcribed from page 175

Thompson Valley is wholly in the town of Arcadia and runs south from American Valley, into which it opens near the upper end of the Miller and Bear mill pond.  The valley is about three and a half miles long, footing up against the ridge which separates it from Norway Cooley.  the first settler in the valley, so far as is known, was a man who took a claim but went to the war and was never more heard of.  His claim was later filed upon by Thove Thompson, who occupied it, proved up his claim and developed it into a valuable farm, on which his widow and his two sons, Alex and Martin, now reside.  At the time Thove Thompson settled in the valley, his brothers, Knut and Tolf, settled on lands they homesteaded and erected buildings on, and where they resided until their death.  This was in May, 1865.  These brothers came from Telemarken, Norway, in April, 1861, and settled in Iowa, where they remained until coming to the valley.

(By Stephen Richmond.)

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