Well, it’s been a “l-o-n-g w-i-n-t-e-r” in
CAMPING – HISTORY DAY:
Get the mothballs out of your campers (unless you were part of the “snow birds” who headed south for the winter and you’re campers are all ready to “roll again”). Kenny Short has planned a camping weekend on April 30th, May 1st & 2nd in conjunction with History Day 2010 scheduled for May 3rd. There will be a charge of $10.00 per night payable to the club (%Doris Manlief) to cover electricity. All meals will be “on their own” unless it’s decide to do a carry-in on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon. This will be decided at the March or April meeting. (WORK DAYS for History Day are planned for May 1st and 2nd.)
PINE CREEK & WESTERN R.R. NEWS:
Well the PC&W gang finally found a hole in the weather, and managed to have a meeting on Sunday February 21st, with 11 members and guests attending. The first order of business was to collect annual dues as the ole’ cash box was quite depleted. The discussion turned to future projects, and it was quickly decided that before we start anything new, we should “take care of what we’ve got”, with unending track maintenance taking precedent. Our new “wish list” consists of relaying the yards, double tracking the north main and building a working water tower to eliminate the long waits while watering the steamers. A committee of three is to meet in April to inspect the track, plan a work schedule and co-ordinate any new work. It’s findings will be taken back to the body for review. Afterwards, a really good meal was laid out by Christy and Anne, followed by a really good “bull session” complete with an excellent video show courtesy of Don Bodine who was also busy selling the new, improved batch of wheel castings he and Terry have come out with. Be advised Live Steamers, these are of the highest quality and reasonably priced, ($10.00 each), and available now. Call Terry (765-294-2768) or Don (765-294-4296). Well that’s it for this month, but remember to always “Keep a close eye on the water”.
Submitted by: Finny Filchak
SYMPATHY AND GET WELL:
This is the section of the newsletter I really don’t like to write about. The passing of friends and club members as well as those who are in need of get well wishes.
On January 15, 2010 long time friend and club member Jeff Kindell passed away after being rushed to an Indianapolis hospital. It was Jeff who donated to the club the oil derrick that’s on the show grounds. Also, a few years ago, he and long time companion Debbie Sanders sold popcorn and snow cones during the show. Jeff’s daughter, Becky Story, requested donations be made to the club in memory of her dad in lieu of flowers.
We’d like to thank the Kindell family for their generosity at such a sad time in their lives.
Doc McGrady of Hillsboro Indiana has contacted Terry Bodine and would like to donate
a complete set of
Last August 2009, Birkey’s Farm
Store of Williamsport Indiana held a tractor drive and benefit for their
employee Denny Davis who was diagnosed with cancer. Several of our club members participated in
the drive and approximately 150+ tractors did a stop over at our show grounds
where everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, drinks and several activities
sponsored by the Illiana club members.
On a sad note, Denny lost the battle and died on February 23, 2010
Another member, Phyllis Cotton, wife of John -
Member Pam Evans is currently residing at
Hope she will be well enough to come home soon.
Ted and Carol Stout joined several members in
When Harry Ferguson was experimenting with his first two-bottom plow that raised and lowered, it was attached to a Ford Model T.
ROCKY FORGE BLACKSMITH NEWS:
MARCH MEETING ON EDIBLE NAILS (3-13-10)
The March 13th meeting of the Rocky Forge Blacksmith Guild will again be on the traditional art to nail making. In January we had a fun meeting where we made nail headers and nails. It seems, however, that we made more nail headers than nails. We started a Nail Post and five people contributed nails. We would really like to have more nails from our group on the post, so we will dedicate the March meeting at Ted Stout’s shop to getting better at making nails, and we will again encourage each member to contribute at least one decorative nail for the Nail Post. The post will travel to the IBA conference, or other satellite groups for individuals to place a nail in the post. We may even take it to SOFA perhaps as the IBA Nail Post and ask others at SOFA to make additions. Don’t forget to bring iron-in-the-hat items as this is our main revenue source. Bring a bag lunch (or eat nails), as we will eat in the shop. See you all on Saturday, March 13th. P.S. Leave some room in your stomach for chocolate covered donuts, gourmet coffee and nails!
Submitted by: Dominick Andrisani
NOTE: Dominick has some great pictures from their visit to
Harley Chandler’s Coach Shop in