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26ARTIST26gettingmorenostalgic.SoIwantedawindmillandIfoundthis12-footAermotorinWisconsinnearmybrotherx19splaceandpurchasedit.Ibroughtithomeandhaditrepairedandputup.AtthattimeIdidnx19tknowanythingaboutwindmills.Itwasawholenewworld.x1dx1cMysonhadjustbuiltanewhousesoIthoughtIx19dbuyawindmillforhim.IfoundoneandintheprocessofgettingthisonerepairedIstartedlearningmoreandmoreaboutrestoringwindmills.Soweputthatoneupatmysonx19splacebutnowmydaughterfeltleftout.Shesaidx18Dadwhataboutmex19Isaidx18donx19tworry.Ix19llndyouone.x19x1dAboutsixmonthslateronatriptoColoradoFrankandhiswifeweredrivingthroughnorthernKansaswhentheycameacrossamansellingwindmills.Frankfoundexactlywhathewantedforhisdaughterx19syardx14andmuchmore.x1cLongstoryshortmysonandItraveled1200milesand26hoursbacktoKansastobuyfourwindmillsfromthatman.x1dx1cIremembermywifesayingx18Ithinkyouneedalittlehobbybesidesfarmingandshing.x19SoIx19mputtingtheblameonherx1dhejokes.Frankisverygratefultohiswifewhohassupportedhisbuddinginterestandhelpedgrowitintowhatitistodayx14aprotablehobbythatkeepsaliveanimportantpartofourhistory.BesidesxingupwindmillsforhimselfhisfamilyandprivatefarmsandbusinessesFrankhasworkedwithmanyhistoricalsocietiesandparkdistrictsinnearbycitiesincludingElginHuntleyandSycamoretorestoreandinstallwindmillsinparksandathistoricalsites.Franksumsupinacoupleofsentencesthetrainingittakestobecomearestorerofwindmillsx1cIrememberwhenIboughtmyrstwindmillIaskedthegentlementhatsoldittomex18Arethereanydirectionsonhowtoputthisthingtogetherx19andhelookedatmeandsaidx18Welcometothewindmillworld.x19Therearenx19tanydirectionsbutallittakesisalittlebitofcommonsense.x1dStandingamongthehalfdozenturningwindmillssurroundinghishomeFrankfallssilentforamomentlistening.Intheabsenceoftalkarhythmicsymphonyofsqueaksemanatingfromtheturningwheelssuddenlycatchestheear.x1cIlovethatsoundx1dhesays.FrankEngelcanbereachedat815-739-6832byanyoneinterestedinwindmillrestoration.