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.
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.
I get lots of satisfaction out of doing this, and more people might try it.
I know there are lots of nice collections out there, lots better than anything I have, and those older people really appreciate that, as they relate to these things. Most of the people are in that 80-100 year old bracket, and that gets them talking about old times. I even pick up some ideas from them once in a while, as they describe how it was done way back when.
So, to all my collector friends, good luck!