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Share A Look Back In Time

| June/July 1999

  • Dexter washing machine
    A 1928 Dexter washing machine and an early 1900s 1 HP Rock Island gas engine on display at the Alpine Village Care Center in Verdigre, Nebraska.

  • Dexter washing machine

52341 875 Road, Winnetoon, Nebraska 68789

In collecting my old grinders, burr mills, washing machines, sickle grinders and all the other belt driven machines, also old gas engines and all their accessories, I decided to share them with someone besides old iron people.

I had been going to care centers for the elderly in northeast Nebraska for several years, sharing old tools, cooking utensils, etc.

One day I asked the director if I could bring in my old Dexter washing machine. It would be fine, they said, but when you go outdoors, the weather has to be decent.

When we finally got a nice day, I set up the washing machine and Rock Island gas engine. It brought back memories to the women, as many had washed clothes with a similar machine.

The men enjoyed the grinders and anything along that line. One time I brought a forge and fired it up and showed them old tools used in making iron gimicks.


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