Steam - memoriam

In memory of Norman Taylor, a man who used to work on the Heritage Park Board but died of cancer six years ago, the Heritage Park of North Iowa put together a Sandwich Corn Sheller and a Fuller & Johnson "People's Price" engine, owned by Taylor, for a few minutes. The sheller is now owned by Monte Topp, and the engine is owned and recently refurbished by Wyndham Sellers.

During this year's Steam Threshing Festival, at Heritage Park of North Iowa, a short memoriam was held for Norman Taylor, who was a member of the park before his death six years ago.

Taylor was 62 and living in Hanlontown when he died of cancer from a brain tumor on April 18, 2013. He owned the Forest City Cow Palace with his brother, which opened in 1989, before that for Ron Holland House Moving and then C. R. Holland Crane Service as a crane operator in 1999.

Taylor was a Worth County Reserve Officer and a member of the Winnebago Historical Society. He enjoyed collecting antique tractors and farm equipment and helping at the Heritage Park.

When Taylor’s family was auctioning off his possessions in 2014, Wyndham Sellers bought his Fuller & Johnson “People’s Price” engine, which has 2.75 horse power.

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“It’s actually a pretty rare engine,” Sellers said.

Sellers said he had just gotten the engine running last year after he bought it from the auction and went to another show. This year’s festival was the first time he was able to get it back to Forest City.

Monte Topp had bought Taylor’s Sandwich Corn Sheller, a 110-year-old thresher that takes all the corn kernels off the cob.

For the memoriam, held next to the sawmill, Topp and Sellers hooked the engine up to the corn sheller for a few minutes on Saturday.

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