Grandpa Charles “Emery” Campbell’s combine and the missing fan blades

The Campbell kids return the fan blades to their rightful owner, the combine.

Submitted by Sandra Campbell Silver

My name is Sandra Campbell Silver. I have three brothers, Allen, Richard and Wesley. Our dad’s name was Lyle William Campbell (who was born on Zubler Place in Woodlawn, Kan., in Nemaha County) and his dad’s name was Charles “Emery” Campbell, our grandpa.

Grandpa Campbell owned and operated the “Campbell Truck Line” in 1949 and him and his son, Wilber Campbell, did custom harvesting from Texas to Canada.

Our grandpa, Charles “Emery” Campbell, owned the third combine, a John Deere, in the Nemaha County area in 1932. He passed away in 1968. According to my brother Wesley, shortly before grandpa passed away (or shortly after) my dad was still living at home and wanted to make a portable fan, so he asked Wilbur if he could take the fan blades off the combine to make it with because they were no longer using the combine. Wilbur told him, “no.” My dad got mad at him and took the fan blades and kept it (even after he had moved out and married our mom). He never did make a portable fan though but kept it (I’m guessing about 53 years now). I don’t know the exact year, but my Uncle   Wilbur Campbell decided to put grandpa’s combine in the Albany Museum.

My dad’s brothers are Wilbur Campbell (deceased 2015), Emery Lee (deceased), Ramon and Donnie; and his sisters are Hazel, Wilma and Melba. They all worked on the Campbell farm in Woodlawn.

Our dad passed away May 26, 2018, and before he passed away, I told him I was going to return the fan blades.

So, on Sept. 11, 2021, the Campbell Kids are returning the fan blades to their rightful owner, the combine. 

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