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