ILLIANA NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

THERE WILL NOT BE A SEPTEMBER MEETING

BECAUSE………  IT’S CAMPING & FUN DAY!

CAMPING:     SEPT. 14TH, 15th & 16TH

FUN DAY  :     SEPT. 16TH

 

A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT:

Hello to all,

     Just a few reminders this month.  Fun Day will be September16th with a carry-in dinner around 2:00 P.M.  We will have a short meeting afterward with Tracy Latoz of Williamsport speaking to us.  Tracy is a professional grant writer.  There will not be a regular Monday Night club meeting on the 17th.

     Mark your calendars and be sure to attend the October 15th meeting.  Doc McGrady and his wife have graciously invited the club to have our meeting at their new “post and beam” barn located just south of Hillsboro on State Road 341.  They built a magnificent structure and have filled it with numerous old farm related machinery and collectibles.*

     I want to welcome Jim Manlief and Ted Stout as our new Board Directors elected at our August meeting.  I want to thank Jim Cunningham and Wayburn Norfleet for their service on the Board of Directors.  We will have a Board of Directors meeting on Monday, September 10th at 6:30 P.M. at the clubhouse.

See you at Fun Day!

     Tom Swanson

*If you missed Doc’s Open House-Barn last October, now is your chance to come and see some incredible displays in this fantastic barn he has built!  More info and a map will be in next month’s newsletter.  DON’T MISS IT!

 

CAMPING WEEKEND!

Bring your campers and plan to attend the CAMPING WEEKEND AND FUN DAY!

There is the usual camping fees that are not mandatory but is customary of $10.00 per night if you hook up to the electricity.  If you don’t hook up to the electricity it is free.  If there are any questions, call Kenny or Kim Short at 765-427-2758 or Kenny’s cell at 765-490-7359.  Hope to see a lot of campers on this weekend.  I am sure Donnie will have the steam engine out and the train guys will have some trains running.  This is a chance to have some fun at the club grounds and get any work done that needs to be done before winter comes and to get the campers out one last time.  Hope to see ya soon!

Kenny

 

 

ROCKY FORGE BLACKSMITH NEWS:

NOTICE MEETING DATE CHANGE:  The next Rocky Forge Meeting will be September 15th at our Illiana Show grounds building.  The reason for the date change is created by the IBA having a board meeting on the second Saturday so we will meet on the third Saturday.  I hope this date change does not compromise anyone’s schedule and as it turns out it may be more fun that weekend because the Illiana group is having what they call “Fun Day” on Sunday of that weekend.  Starting Friday they will be camping, running their trains, tractors, etc.  So having the blacksmiths during the same time should be more fun.  Plan to camp out and enjoy the pitch in meal on Sunday.  As for our meal on Saturday let’s plan on hamburgers and bring a covered dish of your choice.   Someone want to volunteer to do the meat?  The rest of us can provide the covered dish items.  Our group has some creative cooks and wives who can do some good dishes.  We are all looking forward to a gourmet hamburger meal.  So we can judge how much meat to buy, let me know by e-mail, text or telephone 765-491-2194 if you are coming, otherwise, we may be short of food.  Coffee and doughnuts should be ready by 8:30 A.M. and bring your iron in the hat items, show & tell and stories! 

Ted recently bought out another blacksmith shop and has stuff for sale.  I will bring some of those items in case you are interested.  The person who had the shop made a lot of campfire items and flintlock guns, so, I will bring some of the examples and many of his patterns and jigs if you want to make copies.  See you all on September 15th for a good day of pounding metal.    Ted

Submitted by Ted Stout

 

PINE CREEK & WESTERN R.R. NEWS:

(Finny was “busy” this month so the PC&W RR News is a re-print from last year’s newsletter – with the date changed for this year’s Fun Day.)

 

Hey everybody.  Well I think the worse is finally over, and I for one, am really looking forward to those 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, the 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, September 16th?  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  (Sept. 2011 – Illiana News)

 

 

 

 

 

TRI-COUNTY QUILTERS NEWS:

We met on August 27th with 12 members present.  Everyone brought their lunch.  No trading, so nothing exciting happened!  Beverly brought a delicious lemon bundt cake.  Barbara contributed the coffee so that topped it off.

Karen had the project and it was a bag to hold plastic bags.  Included was a skirt with a ruffle.  Very cute!  She made some for the show, so you may have seen them.  The instructions were clear but “you know who” needed some guidance!  Next month Florence will bring a surprise guest with a project.  We are anxious to see what we are going to make.

In September we sill be electing some new officers.  My theory is: whether it’s changing your hair, or re-arranging your house, change is good!  The Quilters Cabin may look a little different, but I’m sure it will be for the better. 

I’m hoping to be in the parade next year with the help of Maurice Foster, my friend Elaine, and anyone else with an idea or suggestion with a “good sense of humor.”

At one time I mentioned doing some research on different quilting blocks.  I recently read about the first colonists of the new world.  There was not enough food and people were starving.  Also not enough heat in the poorly built shelters.  “No warm blankets” did not make life any easier.  Death threatened everyone until the women came to the rescue.  They rose to the challenge with needles, scraps of fabric and worn-out clothes.  This was how the “Crazy Quilt” was born!  MORE NEXT MONTH.

Here is a little hint:  When acquiring new or unwashed fabric, do not use fabric softener in the washer or dryer sheets in the dryer.  Why?  I HAVE NO IDEA!

If you ever wondered how to make a Stack & Whack Quilt, it’s very simple.  You simply stack the fabric on top of each piece and then you WHACK `UM!  Enough said!

Still trying to sew, Sophia

Submitted by Sophia Rosa

 

TRACTOR TRIVIA:

German inventor Nicolaus August Otto patented the first design for a four-cycle gasoline engine in 1866.  The design entered the public domain in 1890, when Germany’s highest court deemed it too valuable to stay under one man’s control.

 

REMINDER THAT CLUB DUES FOR 2012 – 2013 ARE DUE!

SEND $20.00 TO DORIS MANLIEF, 3618 DONNA DR.,

LAFAYETTE, IN. 47905.  MAKE CHECKS TO: ILLIANA ANTIQUE POWER ASSOC.

 

LET’S TAKE A MOMENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9-11 TO REMEMBER ALL WHO LOST THEIR LIVES THAT DAY.

AND, SALUTE ALL THE MEN & WOMEN IN UNIFORM!

 

                           HAVE A SAFE HARVEST!