Mitchell, South Dakota, native Kenneth Maxwell came to the Twin Cities during the Depression and eventually attended Northland Aviation School at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. He worked first for Hanford Airlines, Mid-Continent, and then for Tom North at Northport during World War II.
After the war he worked briefly for Northwest Airlines before opening his own shop at Northport. He eventually moved to Crystal Airport to specialize in propeller repair and maintenance. Since that time, his propeller work has become famous worldwide.