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Millers learn about water power

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Members of the Miller Club from Fulton's De Immigrant windmill traveled July 8 to visit Beckman Mill in Beloit, Wis. Youth from the club also stopped at the Woodward mill in Rockford's Midway Village. Photo submitted by Heidi Kolk.

FULTON – The Miller Club at De Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, for youth from 11 to 18 years, visited two watermills July 8.

The club was formed in 2010 to encourage young people’s interest in volunteering, history, science, and Fulton’s windmill area.

In 2012, members visited the rebuilt watermill in Franklin Grove. This year, the millers traveled to Beckman Mill near Beloit, Wis., and the Woodward watermill at Midway Village in Rockford.

Beckman Mill occupies part of a 50-acre county park west of Beloit. The mill was built in 1868 and restoration was completed in 1997.

The Woodward mill was created as a tribute to Woodward Governor Co.

Amos Woodward arrived in 1856 in Rockford from Maine, and patented the design of the mechanical governor in 1870. The governor worked to stabilize water wheel speed as a power source for equipment.

The club will staff a Kids Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in the area near De Immigrant, at First Street and 10th Avenue in Fulton. The windmill and the Windmill Cultural Center, at 111 10th Ave., will be open for activities.

Call 815-589-4545 for more information.

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