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December 2001

The most gorgeous skies are usually thought of as sunsets but Kenny Platte caught this sunrise at Shattuck Windmill Park in December 2001. 

November 2001

Yankee and Coke Trendle and the Whistle Stop Cafe have made it possible for the Museum to display a very unique windmill. The Imperial was manufactured by Mast Foos and Company of Springfield, Ohio between 1896-1925. The wind wheel is of an interesting design. Blades are fastened to curved bar-steel brackets which are bolted to flat steel rims. The blades are narrow and you can notice a round shield for the coiled governor spring. It is on a Dandy tower. We can thank Doug Schoenhals for the fine restoration job, and Homer Beck of Wichita, Kansas for chasing it down, and to Henry Nelson for climbing a tower covered with a thick growth of poison ivy and itching for several days in order to rescue it and bring it down to us. This is our 40th standing windmill.

October 2001

Originally known as Challenge Windmill and Feed Mill Company, Challenge Company manufactured these mills at Batavia, Illinois between 1885 and 1925. The OK Mill has wood blade sections nailed to curved rims. The Challenge Steel was found in Fritz Herber's pasture and is on a widespread Rancher's Special tower.


September 2001

This early water well drilling rig was brought to us by the Drake brothers of Harmon. Their father L.A. "Les" Drake began drilling wells in northwest Oklahoma in the early 1930s. But he got into the well drilling business because his farm didn't have any water. So he and his neighbor helped each other with their wells. Their original power source was a mule. Later Les and the Baird brothers of Sharon decided they could make a drilling rig for a lot less than buying one. They used mostly old Ford truck parts and the final result looked rather crude; but did a very good job. OSHA would have had nightmares just looking at it but Les brought water to many farms and ranches of northwest Oklahoma and the eastern panhandle of Texas until 1955. He even developed a process of sand packing the bottom of the well to filter out the fine sand and "The Water Well Journal" sent reporters out who interviewed and took pictures for their magazine. We're delighted to have this early example of a rotary rig.


August 2001

Have you seen the wonderful old-fashioned flowers blooming around the farmhouse - multicolored hollyhocks, Indian Blanket, Four O'clocks?   And a trumpet vine is being encouraged to grow up the tower of the OK mill.

July 2001

A new whirling object is up at Windmill Park.  Several years ago the family of Huldrich and Elsie Koch donated the Zenith Wincharger which had been on their home place southwest of Shattuck.  It was used by them to power their Motorola Radio.  It has been installed on the farmhouse and although the interior of the house will remain in the style of 1900-1910, we thought many might enjoy seeing a wind generator from the 1930s and 40s in action.

June 2001

Once again we can say the BIG windmill is up - only this time it is the beautiful 18 ft Railroad Eclipse.  The reason it's called a Railroad Eclipse is because it was designed to, among other things, pump water for steam locomotives.  Many years ago two of these mills stood by our own Santa Fe line at Shattuck - one close to the depot and the other by the roundhouse.   This mill is small compared to some as they were made up to and including 30 feet in diameter.  They were also intended to pump from deep wells.  The family of an early doctor in our town, Dr. Haskell Newman, has donated this windmill.

 


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