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One of the newest exhibits at Kenmare’s Pioneer Village may also be one of its most charming.
One of the newest exhibits at Kenmare’s
A two-person horse cutter sleigh donated by Silas Naas Jr. of Alexandria, MN, and formerly of the Kenmare area, has delighted visitors and volunteers at the Village who have already seen it. “It’s in spectacular condition,” said Shirley Christensen. “I just fell in love with it!”
Shirley and her husband Delmer cleaned up the cutter during the Join Hands work day held at
“He came over and said, ‘I have a special job for you two,’” Shirley said. “When I saw the cutter I thought, would I love to get my hands on that!”
She and Delmer did just that, spending over three hours with the treasure. The couple started by vacuuming the interior of the cutter, especially the emerald velvet seat and matching carpet on the floor. Then they settled in with mild soap and water.
“We scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed,” said Shirley. “We were even laying on the deck, washing underneath [the cutter] and going around each part. It took a few buckets of water, but it was really a joy to work on it.”
The cutter arrived in Kenmare after Christmas last year, delivered by Jamie and Heather Livingston after their holiday trip to
Later, the cutter was in the possession of Ellefson’s aunt in
Ellefson, who died in 2007, was related to the Naas family and had stayed at Silas’ parents’ farm near Kenmare during visits to the area. He was aware of Silas Jr.’s interest in horses and offered to give him the cutter, which he and his son Mark delivered to Naas in
Naas did not have the wood or metalwork repainted and believed the cutter to be in mint condition, as evidenced by the gleaming green paint trimmed with red dots and pinstripes. The runners were painted a contrasting red, with black dots and pinstripes. A shiny brass whip holder is bolted in place on the driver’s side of the cutter. Because Ellefson’s mother lived to be 100 years old at the time of
Now, after being washed and polished by the Christensens, the cutter is displayed in the Niobe Hall at
Pioneer Day July 12th
The Niobe Hall and the rest of the
Guided tours of
Supper is served at 6 pm, when a plate of roast pork and all the trimmings can be had for a free will donation to
Step back in time for a few hours on Sunday and enjoy the past, as shown at Kenmare’s
For more information about Pioneer Day, contact