Early Farm Days at Windmill
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The 1? inch drill is mounted on an upright boom constructed of
angle iron; a 2? inch steel casing was used to protect the well
walls. The boom is about 25 feet long and was laid back across the
top of the rig when it was moved from site to site.
Another engine exhibit getting special attention this year was a
rare 1899 Crossley 2 HP belonging to Carl Adams of Mooresville,
North Carolina. Built in England, the Crossley was considered to be
one of the best the Europeans could offer in the way of small
engines around the turn of the century.
Some of the other small engines getting plenty of close looks
from spectators at the three day affair included:
A 1905 2 HP Emerson-Brantingham belonging to Marvin Tucker of
Statesville, North Carolina; a 1900-1902 Olds owned by Lacey Blair
of Granite Falls, North Carolina; a 1920 Economy 9 HP engine
belonging to Harry Gibson of Statesville, North Carolina; R. S.
Hodge's 1926 International. Hodge hails from Belmont, North
Carolina; a 1905 Perkins owned by Doug Kelley of Lake Wylie, South
Carolina; a 1928 McCormick Deering belonging to Bobby Hall of
Charlotte, North Carolina; and a 1915 Economy owned by Bobby
Stewart of Dunn, North Carolina.
The 1989 Early Farm Days show was also an excellent opportunity
for Doc Denny of Concord, North Carolina to show off his restored
1932 Toro dump truck. Denny's restoration efforts drew praise
from exhibitors and visitors alike.
While bartering for engines and parts goes on almost
continuously, many of the small engine buffs also take some time
out to see some of the other fascinating exhibits at Windmill
Down in the big barn, visitors and exhibitors watch as farm
manager Kim Sigmon, horseman Don Schneckloth, Rose Schneckloth and
Michele McMain get the massive Sigmon Belgians ready for their
Sigmon's award-winning Belgians participate in about 30
shows and competitions each year. They're also great favorites
at parades and other activities.
Visitors to the big barn this year were treated to a video show
presented by Sherri McMain, Linda Grange and Tara McMain of Delmar,
Iowa. The videos featured highlights from the Belgian competitions
at Toronto, Denver and Lexington, Kentucky.
For those who enjoy watching black smoke come from the stacks of
old steam engines, there was plenty of that going on also. Down in
the lower pasture John Link of Hickory, North Carolina and several
helpers put on baling and thrashing exhibitions, while up on the
hill by the lake James Sigmon of Harrogate, Tennessee, Greg Deal of
Morganton, North Carolina, J.C. Green of Boone, North Carolina, and
Paul Mullis showed spectators how to turn huge logs into usable
timber at the old sawmill. Saw-milling was one of the toughest jobs
around during the early 1900's.