Heritage society meeting to focus on windmills

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 9:51 a.m.CDT

The next meeting of the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Waterworks building, 622 Park Ave., in Genoa.

About 14 years ago, Frank Engel, a farmer and lifelong resident of Hampshire, decided he wanted to put a windmill up on his property. He had fond memories of a windmill on his family’s farm when he was a boy. He and his brother found a couple of windmills they liked in Wisconsin and they managed to take them down and put them back up on their farms. Roughly 70 windmills later, Engel’s hobby has turned into a side business that keeps him busy when he is not farming.

Recently, he restored a 91-year-old (60-foot, 5,000-pound galvanized steel) historic windmill and it was erected on the site of the Elgin foundry where it was made. Engel will show a DVD of the actual construction of this latest project. This was a project for the Elgin Area Historical Society. He also has put up windmills for other historical societies.

The lecture is free to members and friends of the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society and Museum.

Bring a lunch; refreshments and dessert will be provided. Donations are always welcome.

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