ILLIANA NEWS

OCTOBER 2009

 

MEETING:

The good news for this month is: Our club has been invited to the lovely home of Tom and Carolyn Swanson for the October 19th meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.  A carry-in dinner will begin at 6:30 P.M. so please bring a dish to pass.  The Swanson’s address is 272 N.  State Rd.  55, Attica, In.  Their home is approximately 1-1/2 miles north on Sr.  Rd.  55 from Hwy 41, on the west side of the road; or, 1-1/2 miles south of the Big Pine Golf Course on St.  Rd.  55.  Look for a long white house among a grove of trees.  Members will be treated to view Tom’s miniature buildings that he has built and Carolyn has decorated.  Most of the models are exact replicas of local area business’s and area buildings.  Their talents are amazing!  If you missed last year’s meeting (or the one in ‘07) this is your chance to view this wonderful display.  And if you attended both times, it’s a chance to see it again and discover something you missed the first time.  They also have a show case filled with Minneapolis tractor memorabilia, a collection of Roy Rogers items, old farm threshing pictures, old post cards and a huge old map of Indiana that is hanging along the walls.  You won’t want to miss this!  SEE YOU THERE! 

 

THANK-YOU:

Kim and I would like to thank everyone who was at the fall camp-out and fun day.  Thanks to Jim and Doris Manlief for having the club grounds looking so good for us and also a special thanks to Jim for the fantastic vegetable soup he cooked up on the open fire.  Thanks to the Bodine family for the use of their cider press.  The cider was very “yummy”!  Tom and Carolyn Swanson had the laundry building looking great with all the decorations.  Again....THANK-YOU all for participating in the fall outing.  The next camping will be  inconjuction with the history day next spring.  Thanks, Kenny Short

 

PINE CREEK & WESTERN R.R. NEWS:

The Pine Creek & Western was busy over Camping and Fun Day weekend, with several engines polishing the rails.  Your truly camped out with Don Bodine, Christy and the kids, so we were able to get an early start and had three locos “round-housed” and ready to fire up in anticipation of hauling many passengers, who of course soon materialized.  Soon the smell of coal smoke mixed with the delicious aroma of freshly picked apples as the trains passed by busy workers making gallons and gallons of apple cider on the antique machinery.  Once again a good time was had by all, with everyone getting a ride before the trains were put up for the winter.  But rest assured, just as sure as the sun rises and sets, come spring you will once again hear the shrill blast of the steam whistle as the old PC&W starts a new season.   See you then, and remember, “Keep a close eye on the water”.

Submitted by: Finny Filchak

 


ROCKY FORGE BLACKSMITHS NEWS:

On Saturday October 10th at about 8:00 A.M., at the Illiana Show Grounds, I got out of my truck to open the gate and found ice on the grass.  My first thought was “oh my, we’re going to work outside today.  If the wind blows it is going to be miserable trying to forge.”  By 9:30 the temperature came up and the winds died down and we had a wonderful day of forging.  The attendance was good, the fellowship was good and the treats and food was very good.  Thanks to Jim Bolen, we had a large cast iron pot of soup cooked over his encampment stove.  Thanks Jim...you did a good job.  Gene Hollingsworth did some of his copper work and made 3 or 4 vases that were very nice with a hammered copper finish.  Ted made a tomahawk from a discarded farriers rasp.  After lunch two or more of us made a handle for an odd cast iron container Ted brought.  A lot instruction was done for two newcomers who are showing good potential as blacksmiths.  All and all we had a good time Saturday and look forward to next months meeting (November 14th) at Ted’s heated shop.  At that meeting we will have a guest demonstrator for a hands on class to learn making copper vessels.  The demonstrator, Don Neuenschwander, is an instructor that gives classes at many of the folk art schools.  He spends a lot of his time teaching at the “John C.  Campbell Folk Art School” in Brasstown, North Carolina.  Don resides near Brazil, Indiana.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Submitted by: Ted Stout

 

TRACTOR TRIVIA:

At shows in 1938, Minneapolis-Moline displayed a deluxe concept tractor with a cab and “all the comforts and equipment of the modern sports coupe.”

 

GET WELL WISHES:

Club member Penny Carrell’s mom is currently battling cancer...let’s keep her in our prayers to fight this battle.

 

KEEP YOUR MEMBERSHIP CURRENT!  SEND $20.00 DUES TO:   DORIS MANLIEF

                                 3618 DONNA DRIVE,

                                 LAFAYETTE, IN.  47905

2010 DUES WERE DUE AT SHOW TIME!

WELCOME NEW MEMBER: John Fisher - Danville, Il.   Welcome Aboard!

 

‘MISSED SIGNALS”

SAID THE PREACHER TO THE FARMER: “Do you belong to a Christian family?”

FARMER: “No, I live two farms down the road.”  PREACHER: “No, I mean, are you lost?”  FARMER: “No, I’ve been here 30 years.”  PREACHER: “I mean, are you ready for Judgement Day?”  FARMER: “When is it?”  PREACHER: “Could be today, could be tomorrow.”  FARMER: “When you find out for sure, let me know.  The wife will probably want to go.”