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This section will contain news and other items of interest, regarding events at the Shattuck Windmill Museum.
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December 2002

Seasons Greetings to Windmillers Everywhere. 

Our gift to you is a challenge to identify as many of the mills in this photo as you can.

Your gift to us would be to come visit us out here in Oklahoma.


Duplex, Freeman, D #11, Star Zephyr, Pipe Raymond,Hummer, Kirkwood,Giant, U.S. Model B,Appleton-Goodhue,Parish, Currie, Monitor WB


November 2002

.Repairing the Railroad Eclipse


October 2002

Sure enough! That's all the windmillers who came to Shattuck to help in October.


September 2002

I wish all those folks would turn around!!!


August 2002

Volunteers unload 6 ft. Eli mill at Windmill Park.  This mill was donated by Yankee and Coke Trendle. 


July 2002

For those of you out there having a very dry year, think back to the 1930s in Oklahoma and then you might try identifying the windmill in this photo.


June 2002

Four members of the Board of Trustees attended the Spearman, Texas Trade Fair in June.  A large crowd of windmillers watched as this steam engine raised a replica of the Eclipse mill of J.B. Buchanan's which is in the Smithsonian.


May 2002

Sue Ann Schoenhals' Shattuck High School science students volunteered to plant heritage flowers around the farmhouse at Shattuck Windmill Park. In the background are 3 Baker mills, Currie open gear, Imperial and Railroad Eclipse.

April 2002

Many people in our community donated to purchase this beautiful Duplex Vaneless.  We filled it's counterbalance weight with gravel from the street.  A visitor to the Park asked if we had any mill he could donate for his family.  Having just raised the Andrew we suggested it.  He took a roll of bills from his pocket and purchased it.  One of his pioneering relatives was named Andrew!

March 2002

Okay, okay, somebody guessed the Appleton-Goodhue right away.  So here's another photo of it...but does anyone have an idea what is unique about the wagon pictured with it?  (I know, this isn't a windmill question...but there's a windmill in the photo.)


ANSWER: WPA wagon, used to haul dirt

February 2002

This Althouse-Wheeler Giant once pumped water in our neighboring town of Gage, Oklahoma.  It was manufactured from about the 1890's to 1930's.  It stands beside a Pipe Raymond manufactured in Wisconsin by the same company from 1912-1920's. Without any more information, can anyone tell what the mill to the left of the Pipe Raymond is?


ANSWER: 10 ft. Hummer Model L, mfg by Elgin Windmill Co, Elgin Ill., 1920s-1930s

January 2002

"Windmills in Snow".  
Who can identify the mill between the Homestead House and the drilling rig?


ANSWER: 6 ft.Appleton-Goodhue, mfg by Appleton Mfg. Co, Batavia, Ill., 1895-1930s

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.