Sandy Brug of the Windsor-Severance Historical Society remembers learning to drive in the sugar beet fields around Windsor.
“I was probably about 11 years old,” she said with a soft laugh.
Tuesday morning, she and other members of the historical society directed artist Austin Weishel as he carefully placed a statue of a little girl holding a sugar beet on a platform in Boardwalk Park.
Elkhorn Construction Inc. volunteered its equipment and time to help move the statues, including a farmer and historic pump weighing about 750 pounds, a boy and a girl all based on the 1940s in Windsor.
“It’s a great bit of history that’s going to be shown…for generations to see.” Cindy Stohlgren
Marvin Koger of Elkhorn Construction said his manager, Scott Coppersmith, lives in Windsor and the company enjoys helping the communities it operates in.
“Anything we can do to help,” Koger said.
Marjorie Straube of the Windsor-Severance Historical Society saw the company working near her home and asked if they would be willing to help.
The statues, Straube said, will help new Windsor residents learn about their town’s history of irrigation and sugar beets that lead to its agricultural success.
“I think you need to appreciate your hometown,” she said.
Windsor’s growth was due in part to the irrigation ditches dug in the late 1800s, Straube said, which allowed farmers to begin growing crops on the land near Windsor. The pump the farmer statue holds is a symbol for the role water played in Windsor, according to Straube.
Lori Gould of Windsor was walking in Boardwalk Park on Tuesday when she, Cindy Stohlgren and Jill Huhn stopped to see the progress of the statues’ installation. Gould said she hopes the statues encourage all who see them to take an interest in Windsor history.
“It’s a great bit of history that’s going to be shown…for generations to see,” she said.
The statues will be unveiled at the Windsor Farmers Market this week, as they are on a platform near the new market pavilion. Wade Willis, the parks and open space manager for the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, said he is excited to have the statues placed near the new pavilion.
“I think it’s going to really set off the entryway, marking it as a gathering place for the community,” he said.