Windmill awaits a windless day

Jeremy Nelson with the newly decorated windmill tail.

Jeremy Nelson with the newly decorated windmill tail.

Those Blasted Signs of Bertrand has done it again. Jeremy and Crystal Nelson were able to put the museum name and windmill logo on the new/old steel windmill that was donated to the museum by the Carroll Hanson family of Holdrege. The windmill will look like a life-size version of the toy windmills in the museum gift shop.

The Hanson windmill is currently lying in the dirt on the museum grounds between the farm house and the Snowball school house. Stan Esslinger, well digger and windmill expert will be erecting the windmill soon. Ironically, he is waiting for the wind to go down before putting the windmill up.

Meanwhile, Stan and his man, Ross Winheim, drilled holes in the ground for the windmill legs, unloaded the windmill on the lawn, and are ready to erect it as soon as the weather cooperates.

Coincidentally, Carroll’s wife, Marlene Hanson, was a teacher at the Snowball School when it was located north of Holdrege. The school was donated and moved to the museum in 1990.

Jeremy at Those Blasted Signs

Jeremy at Those Blasted Signs

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The crane and windmill are poised near the Snowball School, waiting for a windless day when the windmill can be erected.

The crane and windmill are poised near the Snowball School, waiting for a windless day when the windmill can be erected.

Drilling holes for the legs of the windmill.

Drilling holes for the legs of the windmill.

Crystal and Jeremy prepare the museum logo on the windmill.

Crystal and Jeremy prepare the museum logo on the windmill.

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Stan Esslinger and Ross Winheim lay out the base of the windmill.

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