Jasper Thompson came to Nikiski about 1946. His son, Stanley, came in 1948 (just out of WWII) and moved permanently with his wife right after the road was put in, about 1952. Jasper brought the whole family up, and later homesteaded Thompson Park. His kids are Stanley, Martha Ellen (who lived in Kenai and then Homer), Jerry Thompson, and Mary (Anchorage). There are many descendants of Jasper and Wilma in the area.
The family homesteaded out in North Kenai when there wasn’t much of a road, not even much of a trail. Closest neighbors were the Taurianinens, who were doing likewise. Stanley put in a two mile “road” to our homestead, but it was impassible by car for much of the year. They used a Coot (and old-school ATV thing) to get back and forth, along with an old army Jeep.
(Information provided by Tok Thompson, Jasper's grandson)