What a GREAT SHOW for 2012! Be sure to attend the Annual Meeting August 20th at the clubhouse for a report on the show. We will begin at 6:30 P.M. with a carry-in dinner so please bring a dish to pass. There will also be a Board Meeting on August 13th at 6:00 P.M. at the clubhouse.
A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT:
Hello to all,
I hope you’ve all had time to rest and catch your breath! Judging from the many comments I’ve heard, I think it’s safe to say our show was:
I don’t know if the spelling is right, but you get the idea! It’s like the old saying, You had to be there and if you weren’t you can’t imagine what takes place on 12 acres in the country.
I’m very proud of the Illiana Club and the effort that you all put forth to put on a great show for the families to come and enjoy. How about that Hwy 341 Band? They have been invited back next year on Friday night.
It was really nice to hear Finny sing the complete National Anthem over the loud speaker instead of the first five words. Good Job Finny! I believe we had the most gas engines and tractors on display. 275 engines – 176+/- tractors. The village and blacksmiths had a lot of traffic to see and watch the various activities. Welcome to all of our new members. We’re glad to have you as part of Illiana!
A special thank you goes to Kenny Evans for all his effort in bringing 17 tractors (Olivers) to the show. Also to Chet Powell and his helpers from the gas engine show for getting the Big Cat engine running! Thank you Russell Waymire for donating this engine to the club.
I can’t imagine how many miles Doc has hauled happy kids on his train. I noticed some new trains on the tracks and that is great!
There are just too many people to mention,
but you know who you are and the part you played in putting on this year’s
show. My thanks and gratitude goes to
each and everyone. As always,
ATTENTION BOARD MEMBERS: There will be a Board Meeting on Monday, August 13th, 6:00 P.M. at the clubhouse.
See you all at the Annual August Meeting.
We’d like to welcome our new members who signed up at the show: Earl Beedle, Williamsport, In., Don Brown, Taylorville, Il., David & Helen Center, Boswell, In., Jon DeFries, Fairbury, Il., Greg Eberly, Pine Village, In., Michael Evans, Williamsport, In., Kaitlyn Evans, Williamsport, In., Dave & Becky Eveland, Knoxville, Tn., Pete Fisher, Gary, In., John Frischie, Kentland, In., John Gallahue III, Piper City, Il., Joe & Alice Geswein, Fowler, In., Chuck Houck, Attica, In., James J. Long, Watseka, Il., Jack McCleverty, Lynwood, Il., Leo Marion, Goodland, In., Chuck & Janice Morgan, Crawfordsville, In., Jerry Price, Waynetown, In., Tony Sage, Vincennes, In., James Schutt – Margo, Emily, Charlie Fry-Schutt, Attica, In., Lee Schweitzer, Tipton, In., James K. Scott, Covington, In., Greg Searcy, Rainsville, In., Larry Shafer, Pine Village, In., Barbara Speck, Pine Village, In., Shawn Tweedie, Lafayette, In., George White, Attica, In., Tom & Alice Wright, Bismarck, Il., Gary York, Williamsport, In. and Tony & Elizabeth Ziehmke, Portage, Wi. WOW!! WELCOME TO THE ILLIANA ANTIQUE POWER ASSOCIATION! We hope you enjoy our club and the activities we plan throughout the coming year.
Club dues for the year run from show to show, so, this
year’s dues 2012 – 2013 are due now. If
you haven’t paid at the show send $20.00 to: Doris Manlief,
“THOUGHTS FOR THE NEWSLETTER”:
Hello, WHAT A SHOW!!!! I would like to thank everyone who
helped make this one of the best shows we have ever had. The School House and the General Store were a
big hit, along with everything else in “
Submitted by: Kenny Short
ROCKY FORGE BLACKSMITH NEWS:
The Illiana Show was a huge success for the Rocky Forge group. We owe a number of participants a big thank you for taking the time and expense to put on a great show in the blacksmith shop. For fear of omitting anyone I will not try to name all the guys who worked through the heat to entertain our show guests. I think all of them had a great time and produced some really neat items. It is always a rewarding experience when we teach potentially new “smiths” and that was no exception with Joe and Joan Fry’s grandson Andrew. He was a very attentive student and eager to learn. Andrew is a courteous young man with lots of potential. We hope to see him at our future meetings.
I want to publicly thank members of the “Rocky Forge” for
the marble plaque honoring me as the “Indiana Blacksmith of the Year for 2011”,
it is a great honor and I really appreciate this groups
acknowledgment of the recognition by awarding such a nice plaque. It will be prominently displayed in my
shop. Several of the Rocky Forge members
will be demonstrating at the Indiana State Fair during August 6th
and 7th. If you are there
please look them up and say hello. They
will be located at the “T” intersection on the northeast corner of the
The next meeting of the group will be 9:00 A.M., August 11th at the blacksmith shop at Rainsville show grounds. Ted
Submitted by: Ted Stout
PINE CREEK & WESTERN R.R. NEWS:
Hi everyone, I’m back!!
What a great show!
I’m afraid however it didn’t start out too great for the old
PC&W. Unbeknownst to us the long
hard summer had wreaked havoc on our track!
Sun kinks, bulges, swollen curves and suspected tie shrinkage made the
track unusable on Friday, and for the first time we had to throw in the
towel. The rest of the day saw the
“Gandy Dancers” at their best, making countless repairs and giving the term
“Maintenance of Way” a whole new meaning, with the results being record runs on
Saturday, with ten engines polishing the rails and hundreds given rides. New
member Mark Baker brought his beautiful wife and beautiful new, long awaited
diesel. And after many hours of
repairing rails, he proceeded to then “burn them up”. Mark and his missus are a welcome and much
needed addition to the club, especially the Pine Creek & Western. However, I’m a little worried about Mark, he actually loves to work on the track! Thank you God! Steve Dye really broke in his new steamer by
hauling lots of revenue. What a piece of
art! Sunday’s low attendance forced
Doc’s big train onto the siding for lack of passengers, but good ole’ Jeff “
Finny Submitted by Finny Filchak
ENGINE SHED NEWS:
What a great show this year……we set records all over the place! My week started on Saturday, July 7th-14th. I got to spend all week working on the grounds with Tom, Terry and company. I think we surely added to the profits of the bar as we ate there every day. I was kept busy parking campers, vendors and even a few tractors. One of the highlights of my week was helping to haul in Kenny Evans’ tractors. I also got to drive his Hart Parr; a first for me. Another, was being invited to the Dillman’s house for dinner. Wow! What a meal! Deb is a great cook and a wonderful hostess. Did I mention that she also sent home with me all the leftovers? It seems John doesn’t care for leftovers. But, I’m sure all will agree the best new thing this year was having Tom Swanson present! (although he did give us a scare!) NOTE: Tom was in the hospital just days before the show. The new layout of the grounds worked great. The spread out of the tractors pulled people all over. The A,B,C line up looked very nice and I’m sure Kenny was happy to get all those Olivers there. Big thanks to Donny for his work on the west end parking. That worked wonderful. One other thing, I want to thank you all for, was the new P.A. system. It was the first time you could hear it all over the grounds. For the engine area as one would say, “A large time was had by all”. We had our best showing ever with 275 engines. A huge thanks to Jeff for the 22 engines on his load. If you’re wondering, it weighed close to 30,000 lbs. I understand he has 40+ more at home. He needs a bigger trailer. We also had several new exhibits one of which was down by me – two brothers 10 and 13 yeas old. Both left with new toys from Fred V. The new engine t-shirt sold very well I’m told. I think they sold out of the larger sizes. I know I got both! I hope we can continue this as I do have one in mind for next year already. It’s a very worthy engine that has graced our grounds many times. As Tom announced we will feature engines each year. I’m still looking to break 300 so start planning now what you can bring out next year. Thanks again to all who help make this the best show I do all year. Later, Tom
Submitted by: Tom Bastin
THANK YOU NOTES:
Even though we have several “THANK YOU’S” in this newsletter, there are still some that have to be mentioned.
First of all – Thank you:
To Tom Nickle and Art Petty for the good job they did at the gate and all the folks who collected gate fees. The east parking worked great again this year even though we ran out of parking spaces for all the cars on Saturday. Our show just gets bigger and bigger!
Thanks to everyone who donated those delicious baked goodies and who worked selling them in the ladies pavilion. Special thanks to Marilyn Hendrickson, one of our Quilter Ladies who sewed us some pretty aprons to wear during the show. And to the Quilter Ladies who made a quilt to raffle on Sunday and gave us the money they collected! Also thanks for the lovely flowers scattered around the show grounds. It’s been a very bad year with no rain, so we appreciate the pots that were brought to the show grounds!
Thanks to all the exhibitors who un-loaded their equipment out side the show grounds and kept the traffic problems inside the grounds to a minimum.
(Thanks You’s continued)
We can’t forget to thank everyone who donated items for the raffle. Money winners were: 1st - $300.00 Ed Grubb, 2nd - $200.00 Terry Bodine, 3rd - $100.00 Brian Bretz.
Of course we have to thank our special lady – Joan Fry – who
puts together the special events, prints the game for the kids that’s handed
out at the gate, arranges the Kiddie Tractor Parade with prizes, and always has
the material ready for everyone attending the show to sign that eventually is
made into a gorgeous souvenir quilt!
(Past quilts were on display at the Ladies Pavilion). She does numerous jobs behind the scene
to….she is one busy lady! With the new
P.A. system, Kenny Short did a fabulous job announcing from the clubhouse…thanks
Kenny. Larry Sims did a wonderful church
service on Sunday morning. It was a
great way to thank the Lord and start the last day of the show…thanks Larry. The final thank you has to go the our hard working Secretary-Treasurer Doris Manlief. Let’s face it folks, without
If we missed thanking someone as Finny said “ It was a senior moment!”
SYMPATHY AND GET WELL:
Member Tina Biesecker’s dad Lowell R. Holycross passed away on July 8th. Our sympathy to the Biesecker-Holycross family.
And once again we wish member Gary Burnell a speedy recovery on another recent surgery. We missed Gary and wife, Susan, at the show.
As noted previously, Tom Swanson almost missed the show
because of his stay in the
Along with our blacksmiths group who demonstrate at the Indiana State Fair, Kathy Olin will also be there demonstrating her many talents in the Homemaking Building in the Pioneer Village. So, if you’re at the fair, stop by and say “hi” to some familiar faces!
In 1931, Caterpillar Tractor Co. introduced the first tractor with a diesel engine, the Model 65 crawler.
FANTASTIC 2012 SHOW!