AUGUST 2008                                             ISSUE 8



The annual meeting for the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.  will be Monday, Aug.  18th at 6:30 P.M. at the club house.  Dinner will be served before the meeting, so bring a dish to pass.  There will be a report on the show and we’ll be electing new directors, so try to attend.  SEE YOU THERE!



President Tom Swanson has scheduled a director’s meeting for Monday, Aug.  25th at 7:00 P.M. at the club house.  All directors are encourage to attend.



Dear Fellow Club Members,

     You did it again!  To each and every one of you that worked or helped to make our show such a success, I can simply say THANKS.  All of you make it what it is.  I am proud to be a part of this event every year and a part of this club.  I heard, as I’m sure you did, many compliments on our show.  I feel we have a good wholesome family show and something for ladies, men, and children.  The Lord blessed us with good weather once again.  I would like for you to make a list of comments and suggestions and turn them in to me at our August meeting.  Our directors can look at them for consideration for next year’s show.  A big, THANK YOU to all who helped prepare the grounds and those who helped clean up and put everything away.  I found out the best view of the club grounds and activities was sitting in a rocking chair on Kathy’s front porch.  FANTASTIC!  I hope by now you have all had time to catch your breath and rest a little.  Once again, thank you for everything and God bless you.

     Tom Swanson

P.S.  I was contacted by a gentleman from Terre Haute that came to our show Sunday and he very possibly will  bring three steam engines next year to our show!



     I just want to thank everyone who donated pies, cookies etc. for the pie booth this year.  We had a really good assortment this year and everything looked “delicious”!   A special thanks to everyone who helped set up or helped in the booth during the show.  Donna, for helping me set up on Thursday, thank you.  Helen Petty, Joy Toney, Tara Sims, Pat Grubb and her crew for all your help, thank you.  Also I would like to thank the men who brought in the tables and chairs and fridge.    And to Ed Grubb for painting the fridge for us.  THANK YOU ALL!  Also thanks to Doris Manlief’s sister for bringing us more containers from Lafayette.  Everyone always seems to have a good time and things seem to run smooth this year.  Thanks again to everyone.

     Marie Nickle


I want to let everyone know how thrilled and excited I was to win the pedal tractor in the raffle.  I love it and want to thank the club!  I will keep it forever!  (I had to do some jobs for Grandma Bodine and she gave me a choice of either money or tickets for the raffle.....I’m glad I chose the tickets!)



This newsletter is FULL of THANK YOU’S, but we have to add a few more:

We need to thank those that helped at the Friday night dinner.  Don Bodine ran his steam engine and cooked the sweet corn, potatoes and hot dogs.  Kathey Olin’s family shredded cabbage for the delicious slaw and  Carol Stout organized the dinner, purchased the supplies and cooked up the great baked beans.    Donna Starry made a trip to Lafayette that morning to pick up the hot dogs and sweet corn.  And, everyone’s favorite: a large selection of yummy deserts that was donated by everyone!   Thank you to everyone who pitched in to help cook and serve the dinner!

And thanks to John Dillman and Kenny Campfield for getting us some extra tables at the last minute!  We can’t forget to thank everyone who donated items for the raffle.  We again had so many nice prizes this year.  And, didn’t the grounds look pretty with all the flowers scattered everywhere?!  Of course we need to thank everyone who helped at the gate.  It was enjoyable talking to people as they drove in and out, hearing some really good comments about the show.  Lastly, big thanks to everyone who un-loaded their equipment out side the show grounds and kept the traffic problems inside the grounds to a minimum.  Oops!  One more - to Joan & Joe Fry for all the new games & demonstrations.


We had a large turn-out of campers this year; members, visitors and exhibitors.  Camping fee is $25.00 if hooked up to electricity and/or water.  This fee helps pay for additional expenses during the show and improvements on electrical and water systems.  There was a new electrical panel installed just before the show this year so there could be additional camping spaces.    (No fee is required for tent - primitive camping).  If you haven’t paid for this year, just send a check to Doris Manlief, 3618 Donna Dr., Lafayette, In.  47905.



We met the weekend before the show to prepare things for the show.  At that meeting (12 in attendance) we accomplished the following projects:

1.  Restored eight more sections of the iron fence to put around the building

2.  Restored an antique park bench and lengthened it from four to five feet

3.  Made four plant hangers to hang flowers at the new building front porch

4.  Made several railroad spikes stuck into oak with a Purdue logo (for sale)

5.  Loaded twenty-four buckets of coal for use at the show

6.  Made a large “BLACKSMITH” sign, with holders, for the new building

It was the week before the show and a full day’s work that paid off in a very successful show for the blacksmiths.  We had twenty-two volunteers working for the group.  The new building was a huge success, working without the sun beating down on us and a pleasant breeze made for a memorable experience.  We have really come up in the world!  The cold-cut saw raffle went well and the topper was Charlie Terrell winning the Miller welder.  He just dropped his tools and we’ve not seen him since.  It was a treat to have Peter Cooper doing his cooperage work.  That was a taste of what Peter will teach in his up-coming class.  The whole show time just seemed to whiz by and we all had a good time, then it was over.  THANKS, Illiana Steam and Power Association.....

Ted Stout



It’s always nice to add new members to our club...we hope you’ll feel part of our extended family and join us in our extra activities through-out the year!  Ed & Sharon Allison, Veedersburg, In., Rick Beedle, Attica, In., Jeff & Angie Boone, Lebanon, In., David Childress, Dana, In., Kenneth & Bobbie Christman, Otterbein, In., Gale Cunningham, Tilton, Il., Geff Dauphin, Kankakee, Il., Deb Dillman, Williamsport, In., William Fry, Williamsport, In., Jevan Furmanski, Alan & Jody Grubbs, Veedersburg, In., Dan Grubbs, Veedersburg, In., Paul & Joy Grubbs, Covington, In., John & April Hegg, Attica, In., Floyd Hess, Cayuga, In., Roger Horn, West Point, In., Bob Kerkhove, West Lafayette, In., George & Janet Kester, Crete, Il., Gary & Debbie Kinnett, Rossville, Il., Marty & Christy LaFoe., Covington, In., Robert Miller, Brookston, In., John & Carolyn Ohl, Covington., In.  WELCOME ABOARD!


Did everyone notice the new buildings, new & improved electric, the club’s air conditioner, more camping spaces, new floral plantings and the new R.R. crossing and tracks?   GREAT IMPROVEMENTS!!!