Good Neighbors

7 HP Galloway engine

Diane and Larry Ehlers with their 7 HP Galloway engine.

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Route #1, Box 26, Shelby, Iowa 51570  

The Good Neighbors Group has been threshing for eight years. We started out on Wayne Siebel's farm north of Minden, Iowa. When we outgrew that spot, the group moved to the Pottawattamie Historical Society's Carstens Farm south of Shelby, Iowa.

The farm and many antique items were willed to the Historical Society in 1977 when Henry J. 'Hiney' Carstens, Jr., died. The three-generation farm had been in the Carstens family since 1871, when it was purchased from the railroad. All the farm buildings have since been restored by the Society. This year the little homestead was all tidy and mowed with lots of T.L.C. by Phil Schnitker and crew.

The Good Neighbors have maintained the farm equipment, and have been quite busy over the past few years. Last year, they moved an old saw mill onto the homestead. In early spring, a new pole building was put up, built with native lumber sawed at that mill. During the annual show this building is filled with craftspeople; over the winter it will house the machinery.

The Good Neighbors feel that this year's show, held September 12 and 13 (see accompanying show report), was the best yet, thanks to the generous help of area people.