The Windmill Wizard: Jim Boll rescues old windmills and carefully restores the farm relics of the past

Posted on June 15th, 2012 3:36 pm

Mary K Trowbridge commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 11:55 am:
We have an old windmill in Jackson County Iowa that has blown down. I am here in Oskaloosa. I hear this from my mother who lives on the family farm on Spragueville rural route. Is this of interest to you? My sister says it is only scrap value. We also have another on the property I want to preserve. Any thoughts?

Kelly Lowe commented on September 1st, 2014 at 1:54 pm:
My name is Kelly Lowe and I reside in Carlsbad, New Mexico. I am in the process of restoring a Windmill that was purchased at a Sears store in 1945. The windmill is a Baker Monitor (802.8 and all parts WC), but I know the vane was stenciled with David Bradley on one side. This Windmill was originally purchased with a 60’ tower and stood erect and working in the center of a small town in Jal New Mexico until 1980. When the family moved, they intended to take the windmill with them, but failed in bringing the tower to the ground without dropping it. As a result the lower portion of the tower was severely damaged as was the wheel and fan blades. They transported it anyway and laid it in a field in 1989. It remained there until I discovered it and had a desire to bring it back to life. I was able to obtain ownership from the family who felt my desire to restore it and let it once again stand in representation of Windmill history. Amazingly I have completely disassembled the monitor and have found that many of the internal pieces are in very good condition. I have completely restored the monitor piece by piece and I am close to putting her back together. There are a few parts I wish to replace just due to signs of wear, but the majority of the items I need are external. I have found many sites on restoration projects and for purchasing parts, but I want to make sure I am purchasing the right parts for the right model and from a person or company who maintains a great importance on the integrity of historical restoration. I am including a list of the parts I am in need of purchasing or acquiring and a couple of pictures. The hardest part I will need to find is a single tower leg from the center section of the tower. This leg is stenciled (T 202). If you can assist or refer me to the right places and people to accomplish my project, I would be most grateful. I can be contacted at 575-725-7979 or by e-mail at
Thank You
Kelly Lowe
Kelly Lowe commented on September 1st, 2014 at 1:56 pm:
Part Number Description
83 Brake Spring
6 Long Bushing – 50 Shaft
6 ½ Short Bushing – 50 Shaft
22 Lower Piston Rod Guide
58 Sheave Pin with Cotter
59 Sheave Pin
56 Brake Rod with Nut
49 Cover Gasket
4 Shield with Sheaves
55 Vane Hinge Pin
76 Oil Collar for 50
15 Brake
82 Governor Spring
85 A Swivel Chain w/ Part # 78