Barn painting auction at 4-H Fair will help pay for windmill

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Agricultural Museum and 4-H Learning Center has received a donation of a Flint and Walling windmill from the Tom Drew Family.

The windmill will be placed at the front of the museum near the new driveway. The proceeds from the barn painting auction will be used to help pay for installation and restoration of the windmill.

The auction is Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. at the Ag Museum during the 4-H Fair.

The cost includes moving the windmill to the museum, pouring a strong foundation for the 54-foot windmill, and repairing the head and fan. The museum would like to set up a pump and a horse tank with recirculating water to show how the windmill provided water for farm and family.

“Many people have never seen a windmill in action and it is hoped that this exhibit will provide a learning experience for all our visitors,” said Ron Myer, of the Ag Museum.

Tom and Marilyn Drew purchased their farm from the Daniel Brothers on Old Trail Road in 1963. This Model 24 Flint and Walling windmill was used to water the cattle that the Daniel Brothers raised and processed to provide the people of Whitley County and northern Indiana with a supply of food from their meat market.

In 1888, Leopold Daniel opened a meat market at 119 S. Main St. in Columbia City. In 1903, the business was turned over to sons Harry and Lee Daniel and in 1910 the business was known as Daniel Bros. Inc.

In 1934 the business had grown so that the average meat tonnage was 8 million pounds per year. The business continued to grow with an employment of 211 people and a fleet of 34 trucks that delivered meat to northern Indiana.

In May of 1948, the plant was riddled with fire and a new more modern plant was opened in September of that year. The plant continued to do business in Columbia City and northern Indiana until the death of the Daniel brothers, Harry and Lee, in the 1950s.

The auction will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Ag Museum. There will be 13 barn paintings up for auction. The paintings were done by Dr. Robert Kroeger of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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