The windmill at the Glen Parker Gustavus homestead worked well, unlike the original one at the Abraham Lincoln Parker homestead that never did perform as planned. "More trouble than it was worth," Glen reported of his experience with the windmill at his boyhood Strawberry Point, Alaska home.
On days there were no winds, Nell Parker would hand operate the pump directly under the windmill. It was reported by her daughter Marguerite that Nell knew exactly how many pumps it would take to draw water.
One year, deciding his natural landscaping had become overgrown, Glen Parker decided to "top" some trees in his homestead yard. Unfortunately, a severe storm came along, and aided no doubt by some rotting posts, the wonderful working windmill collapsed---completely destroying itself.
Only a twisted metal relic remains today (2007) to remind us of this once proud and productive Gustavus, Alaska statue.