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May 10, 2014

Restored windmill re-installed at Nelson Pioneer Farm

OSKALOOSA —

The Arthur & Ivan Baker Family Windmill was re-installed at the Nelson Pioneer Farm Friday morning.

The Mahaska County Historical Society had the iconic windmill restored after it had suffered damage from the cold winter and high winds. The windmill was donated to the farm in the 1960s. The restoration included the wooden tower and the windmill head, donated by the Gilchrist family.

A crew from Jake Shetler Construction and D & D Pump raised the wooden windmill Friday.

The restoration cost $5,000 and the Mahaska County Farm Bureau financed the work.

It took about a month for Shetler Construction to restore the windmill.

“They took our old wood and replicated it,” Nelson Pioneer Farm Curator Kelly Halbert said.

The wooden portion of the windmill stands 36 feet tall, Nelson Pioneer Farm Trustee Wayne DeBruin said.

The restored windmill will be fully functional.

“We're going to let it pump water,” DeBruin said. The Nelson Pioneer Farm staff will operate the windmill for demonstrations during special events, he added.

DeBruin was pleased with the restoration.

“I think they did a good job of rehabilitating it,” he said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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