APRIL 2009



The next meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.  will be held on Monday, April 20th at 6:30 P.M. at the clubhouse.  Dinner will precede the meeting so please bring a dish to pass.


HISTORY DAY - MAY 4, 2009:

Final plans are under way for this year’s History Day with students from Fountain County Schools.  Covington and Attica schools are scheduled in the A.M. session and Southeast Fountain Elem. in the P.M. session.  Chairperson, Art Petty will again  have the volunteer sign-up sheets if you missed the March meeting.  Work days to get the club house and club grounds ready for the event are: Saturday - May 2nd and Sunday - May 3rd.  Mark your calendars!  All help is needed!



On March 25th  three of the farmers of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc., Jim Manlief, Ed Grubb and myself decided to get the oats sowed for the 2009 show.  As in keeping with tradition, the oats were sowed with our antique machinery.  Jim came from Lafayette on Tuesday evening and disked the ground to cut it open and let it dry.  On Wednesday, Ed worked the ground again, during which time we got a pretty good shower.  Ed got soaked!  Ed thought we were done for the day, but soon the sun was shining and the wind was blowing.  The ground soon started to dry, so Ed and I loaded the drill (an old Minneapolis- Moline on steel) and started to drill the oats.  By mid-afternoon the job was finished.  The oats will be cut with a binder before the show.  These will be threshed by a steam engine or tractor powered threshing machine.  Any of the oats that are not cut with the binder will be harvested during the show with antique combines.  Thanks Jim and Ed, it was a lot of fun!

Submitted by: Jim Cunningham



The new waiting station is up!  It lacks only it’s shingles and the rest of the brick paving, and man is it pretty!  Terry Bodine designed it and “Ram-rodded” it’s construction.  What would we do without him?  Jim Lawhorn prepared the site with his bob-cat to start the project.  Over two separate days a bunch of good people, some members, some not, showed up to make this little dream (originally envisioned by PC&W member Steve Dye) come true.  Terry supplied the doughnuts, coffee and B.S. which spurred the workers on all day to complete this really neat addition to the grounds.  Don Evans showed up with his boom truck and a helper to auger the foundation holes and on the second day lower the roof section into place.  We literally couldn’t have done it without him. 

The following people made up our work crew:  John Dillman was there, as usual, with his trusty Kubota to move things around as was “Doc” Fontaine with him doing “dirt detail” with his Kubota.   Marty LaFoe not only worked like a beast, he brought “Huli-Huli” sandwiches for all on Saturday.  Don and Terry Bodine, Steve Dye, Gary Burnell, Tom Nickles, Bob Folk, Art Petty, Donna Lechlitner and her red-headed runnin’ hand Michelle, Clayton and Clinton, and last but not least, Ed Grubb who showed up with a load of badly needed paving bricks.  It’s this kind of co-operation that makes things happen!  I can’t thank everyone enough! 

Submitted by: Finny Filchak

P.S.  If anyone knows where we can get more pavers, please let us know.




Meeting time is 9:00 A.M. starting with coffee, doughnuts and a social time, followed by Nathan Allen, of Conner Prairie, who will demonstrate techniques at the anvil and then show how those same techniques may be done with a power hammer.  This should prove to be a very informative black smithing demonstration for all to enjoy and learn from.  Cliffton Ralph says he will try to make the meeting so we can expect some input from his experience as well.  If weather is good and you so desire, there will be numerous forging stations outside for anyone wanting to blacksmith after the demonstration.  Be sure to bring some nice items for the iron in the hat drawing.  Bring a friend who may be interested in black smithing.  Carol will prepare a whole ham, scalloped potatoes and drinks.  If you can bring a covered dish for the meal, it would be appreciated.


Directions can be found by googling: 8525 West  700 South, West Point, Indiana 47992.  Looking at the Indiana map find Waynetown, which is about 45 miles west of Indianapolis on Interstate 74.  Go north from Waynetown exit, on State Road   25 thru Wingate and Odell.  At Odell (it says Odell on both sides of the sign) there is a flasher, but you stay on 25 for another 2.5 miles to county road 700 South.  Turn to the west on 700 South, I am the first house on the left, which is about 1000 feet.  Total distance from Waynetown exit is about 15 miles.  If you get in trouble, call my cell phone at 765-491-2194.  Carol and I are looking forward to seeing all of you and trust me, we will have a good time all day long!

Submitted by: Ted Stout


NOTE: Penny Swider from Danville, Il.  sent a very interesting article from the Champaign News-Gazette to me about a Blacksmith - Charles Keller from Newman, Il.  Charles took a sabbatical from the Anthropology Dept. at the University of Illinois to complete an apprenticeship with a blacksmith in Santa Fe, N. M.  He currently owns the Streibich Blacksmith Shop in Newman which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The article was too lengthy for our newsletter, but I will forward it to Ted to share with the other blacksmiths.    Anne Bodine


TRACTOR TRIVIA: In 1920, a Waterloo Boy Model 12-25 was the first tractor to prove it’s advertised performance in the Nebraska Tractor Test.



Club member Jim Short had surgery March 10th and is at home recuperating.....son Kenny said all went well with surgery.  On a sad note for the Short family, Kim’s father passed away on March 18th.


As I was finishing this newsletter, I was informed that member Kathy Lawhorn was scheduled for surgery April 8th.....hope everything goes well with surgery Kathy!


Past member Wayne Castle (who is known by many for his historical stories and lectures) has bladder cancer.  If you would like to send him a card, he is at the following address:

Westside Village Health Care

8616 W.  10th St.   Room 103B

Indianapolis, In.  46234


Our good wishes and prayers are with all!



My walk is lined with pansies, the fence with holly hocks.

There are zinnias and marigolds, petunias and phlox.

LOOK  HARD - you will concede..........

There’s not a single weed........................

Everything’s so perfect,  when you’re holding just the seed!

Nancie J.  Carmody - Country Woman Magazine



Un-styled B John Deere tractor.............$1,250.00

Clipper seed cleaner..............................$   150.00

Ford 9N 2-speed tractor.........................$2,400.00

John Deere front mount cultivator.........$   150.00     

1972 GMC 2-ton truck..........................$2,500.00

John Deere #5 cycle-bar mower............$   125.00

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