ILLIANA NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2011

 

MEETING:

The next meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc. will be September 19, 2011 at the show grounds.  See Tom Swanson’s letter for details for the carry-in dinner beginning at 6:30 P.M.

 

A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT:

Hello to all,

     I can’t believe Labor Day is here already.  I don’t know about your area, but around the Rainsville area, we are getting some relief from the heat along with some rain showers that are a blessing for the farmers.  We have had two Directors meetings since the show.  Kenny Short is going to be stepping down as Vice President.  Kenny has always been a tireless worker and a promoter for our club and our show.  He will continue to serve as a director.  My thanks to you, Kenny, for everything you have done to help me and others and especially this past show in my absence.

     Don Bodine will be the First Vice President and Don Evans will be our new Second Vice President.

     Mark you calendars for Saturday, September 17th.  That is the date we are tentatively shooting for to set the Windmill.  Everyone come and bring your cameras.  It’s not every day you will see an old windmill set. This is going to be a wonderful addition to our show grounds.  I sincerely thank John Senesac of Ambia (Warren Co.) for donating this to us.

     Owen Moudy has a wonderful idea for a new tractor line-up for next year’s show.  It would be an A thru Z model alphabetical line-up of tractors.  If you would like to enter your tractor in this, contact Owen or myself.  Naturally, we want all brands of tractors to be included.  Once they are in line on the grounds, they would be in the parade in like formation and order starting from A thru Z.

     See you at our September Meeting!

    Thank you, Tom Swanson

NOTE:  weather permitting, bring your hot dog sticks, dishes to pass and lawn chairs to the meeting and we will have an old fashioned Weiner Roast!  Carolyn and I will furnish the hot dogs and buns.

 

WORK DAY SHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 17TH

AT THE SHOW GROUNDS TO SET THE WIND-

MILL.  BRING YOUR CAMERAS!

 

CAMPING WEEKEND AND FUN DAY:

 The camping will be September 30th, October 1st and Fun Day on October 2nd.  There will be a carry-in dinner at around 2:00 P.M. on Sunday.  We are also planning to have a workday on Saturday to winterize the Clubhouse.  There are a lot of thing we need to do to get it ready for the winter and get it sealed up.  (No frozen pipes this year!) So, if anyone can’t make it on Sunday but could make it on Saturday, we need all the help we can get.  The Fun Day activities will include train rides, maybe a ride on the people mover and just some good fellowship.  Camping fees are $10.00 per night.  This is not mandatory but it is a help to the club to cover any additional costs.  If there are any questions about camping (or costs) please call me at 765-583-2991 or e-mail at kimshort_9@hotmail.com

Hope to see all of you then.  

Kenny and Kim Short

 

ROCKY FORGE BLACKSMITH NEWS:

John Haley, our friend and member of both the Rocky Forge Blacksmith group and the Illiana Antique Power Assoc. was killed in a recent tractor accident near his home in Oxford, In.  John was 50 years old.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He was always there to help, always asking “what can I do to help”.  Those who knew John realized he was a kind hearted hulk of an individual who could out lift any one of us.  He was just beginning to hone his blacksmithing skills this summer as he took a large step and volunteered to blacksmith on his own at the Tippecanoe Steam and Power Show at the Amphitheater.  During one of his construction job layoffs, John had helped me build the stone steps from the back entrance to our home to the lower deck.  The stones weigh in at around 300 pounds.  I could never have done it without his help.  He was a pleasure to work around.  Unfortunately, the walk, steps and rail were just completed and John  never saw the finished product.  John loved to cook and at the last Illiana meeting he brought a casserole that he was very proud of.  His wife Becky had told him to cut back on the garlic as those people will not want as much as he did.  The casserole was very good and only a small portion remained.  He offered the remains to Carol and she told him he should take it home for his lunch the next day, so he did.  At the Illiana meetings, John was usually standing near the rear of the room as it was crowed at most meetings.  Remember the man with the beard, a big smile and always had on a red or white shirt, that was Big John.  John was laid to rest on August 27th, with the Rocky Forge’s newly ordained minister, Jim Keith performing the service.  One of our IBA miniature anvils was carefully placed in the coffin with him.  Burial was August 29th near Marion, Indiana.

The next meeting of the Rocky Forge group will be at Ted’s shop on September 10th, starting with coffee and doughnuts at 8:30.  Lunch will be blank, blank and blank, so bring something to go with it!  (This ought to be good!)  Be sure to bring items for iron in the hat, your own blacksmithing tools and some coal.  We will forge hot metal, tell stories about John and enjoy the day; you never know when it will be your last!

Ted

Submitted by:  Ted Stout 

 

 

TRI-COUNTY QUILTERS NEWS:

We had our meeting on the 22nd of August with 12 members present.  We worked on baby quilts for Riley Hospital.  Florence was fortunate enough to receive a lot of fabric already cut in squares and strips.  This made designing quilts much simpler.  If everyone makes two quilts each that would be quite a donation.  Barb had to iron.  We kept her busy!  We are always looking for places in need of our quilts and lap throws.  Any suggestions will be appreciated.  Boxes for the soldiers overseas are still being filled and shipped out.  Anyone having a pattern or an apron that has three arm holes that I can copy would sure make me happy.  I’ve only heard of it, but I would love to make one. 

We had a brown bag lunch and every thing went fine until I spilled my 32 oz. coke in Joan Fry’s plate!  I felt bad but their quick reaction was priceless!   Our club is planning on decorating our little quilt clubhouse for Christmas again this year.  Last year we nearly froze to death and then everyone knows what happened that weekend.  (For those who don’t know…..it rained on Saturday evening and a snow stormed blew in on Sunday.  So, it was cancelled for that day!)  This year we may decorate in late October or November and put the outside things out later. 

ONLY 10-1/2 MONTHS TILL SHOW TIME!

Still in stitches, Sophia

Submitted by:  Sophia Rosa

 

HERE’S A SUGGESTION SOPHIA… How about the Quilter Ladies make matching aprons for the workers in the Ladies Pavilion who sell those delicious deserts during our show???

 

PINE CREEK & WESTERN R.R. NEWS:

Hey everybody.  Well I think the worst is finally over, and I for one, am really looking forward to these beautiful weeks ahead.  Fall has always been my favorite season.  In that spirit I just can’t wait for “Fun Day” and all the wonderful sights, sounds and smells that come with it.  The sight of one of our little trains muscling it’s way up the grade, the sound of it’s exhaust telling all, “Here I come!”  And, that wonderful aroma of coal smoke and hot cylinder oil drawing all down to the depot for a chance to ride these miniature masterpieces.  Now after all that, how can any of you live steamers not attend this great event on Sunday, October 2nd?  Please come and bring your engines, and if you have none to bring, come anyway and run someone else’s!  Seriously, please try to attend.

And don’t forget, “Always keep a close eye on the water!” 

Finny

Submitted by:  Finny Filchak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINE SHED NEWS:

Fall is fast approaching and is my favorite time of the year.  We get great camping weather and good shows to go and see.  Maybe we should do a fall show.  Our grounds look great in the fall!  I’ve been busy since the last post, family re-union, went to the Portland  Show for a few days and I just got back from the Pontiac, Il. Show.  I could talk about it for hours.  It is the second oldest show in the country and it is great!  Everyone should go and check it out.  I spent Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday there.  I set up with Jon and Barbara.  They were the ones who had the small Shasta camper at out show.  Very nice people, and, next year ask Jon about his train.  Very cool!  Also, Barbara has been to the Pontiac Show every year since she was born.  This show has it all; engines, tractors, steam of all kinds, railroad, huge flea market, tractor pulls, entertainment, food, food and more food.  And, yes Ted, they have a real blacksmith shop complete with a steam hammer.  It will make a beer can 30 one thousand’s of an inch thick!  While there I think I maybe got us a few new engines guys for our show next year.

One concern I heard was that we are going to need more room for engines very soon.  I was also told by Paul that my engine count was off  by a few.  It seems he counted as well and, get this, his count was 310 gas engines!  I hope he is correct.  But once again, everyone said “it’s one of their favorite show”.

So, where do we go next?  There’s - Elnora, Burlington, Kenny Wolf’s and the fall swap meet at Portland. Still “lot’s to do!”  So let’s all get out there and have fun, be nice and tell someone about our show!    Tom

 

P.S.  As a final note, the high point of the Pontiac Show for me was when a man asked if I could bale alfalfa hay.  Well, yes I can but I didn’t have any.  He wanted a bale for his blind father to smell.  He went and found some so I made him three bales.  That man will be smelling hay for a while now!  I think I’ll go back next year and see if he needs more.

Submitted by:  Tom Bastin

                          

 

TRACTOR TRIVIA:

International Harvester Corp. registered the name “Farmall” on July 17, 1923.

Henry Dreyfuss, who designed John Deere’s first “styled” tractors in 1938, got his start designing theater sets.

 

REMINDER THAT CLUB DUES FOR 2011 – 2012 ARE DUE NOW!  SEND $20.00 TO DORIS MANLIEF, 3618 DONNA DR., LAFAYETTE, IN. 47905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

 

SEPTEMBER 17TH - SET THE WINDMILL

SEPTEMBER 19TH - MEETING

SEPTEMBER 30TH & OCTOBER 1ST - CAMPING

OCTOBER 1ST        - WORK DAY

OCTOBER 2ND       - FUN DAY

 

Let’s take a moment on the Anniversary of 9-11 to remember all who lost their lives that day!

 

HAVE A SAFE HARVEST!!