2011 Grand Prairie Rice Festival
Antique grist mill and gas power units
At Hazen, Arkansas, October 29, 2011
Among the unsual and interesting working exhibits at the festival were a late 1800s grist mill and a number of gasoline power units. I scored four bags of stone ground corn meal I watched come out of the chute — and met a friend of a college classmate while persusing these exhibits. The pictues will advance every 10 seconds or you may control the display with the controls below.
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This 1912 vintage New Holland gas power unit was displayed by Bruce Sutton of Mount Ida, Arkansas. Turns out, after a bit of conversation, he was a childhood friend and unindicted co-conspidrator of my good friend and college classmate Jimmy Dale Peacock formerly of McGehee, Arkansas and now hailing from Sapulpa, Arkansas. Small world. Bruce says the power units were used anywhere you needed rotary energy, water pumps, generators, winches, whate-ever.
Don't ask me who belongs to this power unit or about its provenance. It was a quic shot of a well running power unit.
Alan Sickel smiles as he is about to hand me one of four bags of freshly ground corn meal from a restored grist mill which has been in his family since the late 1800s.
The grist mill crew, from left: Dustin Castleberry, Andrew Sickel, Kayla Sickel, and Alan Sickel.
The power end of the grist mill courtesy of an antique International Harvester gas power unit.