As I was reading the article about the Lessmann Power Shovel (Farm Collector, December 2005) I noticed the machine was built in Des Moines, Iowa. This sparked an old memory dating back some 37 years ago to my high school years. Back then, I did odd jobs in the summer around the Iowa "Great Lakes," which are located in northwest Iowa between Milford and Spirit Lake. For several summers I mowed grass and washed windows for Herb Lessmann, who had a cottage on West Lake Okoboji. I remember him telling me about his company in Des Moines. He was really a very nice fellow and, as I remember, paid me very well for my work.
I really enjoy reading Farm Collector.
- Mike Knudtson