JUNE 2011



The June meeting for the Illiana Antique Power Assoc. will be Monday the 20th at the clubhouse.  We will begin with our carry-in dinner at 6:30 P.M. so bring a dish to pass.  Be sure to let Tom Nickle or Art Petty know when you can help at the gate and Donna Starry or Donna Lechlitner know when you can help with the pie sales.  If you plan to camp, you need to contact John Carrell  (765-793-3282) for a spot…..camping is $25.00 and is limited….. so get on his list!  See you there!



Hello to all!

     I can’t believe it’s June already.  That only means it’s less than 60 days to SHOW TIME!  My heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Joan Fry and Dave Sims and everyone that helped to make our Annual Living History Day such a huge success.  It is no small task to entertain and provide learning experiences for 300+ children.  But, once again, Illiana members delivered.  

     I hope that everyone has been spared from the devastation and ravages of all the terrible storms and tornadoes.

    As always, I’m looking forward to our show with excitement!  My goal this year is to have 100 Ford and Ferguson tractors on display and 100+ Indiana manufactured engines.

     There will be wheat to combine and plowing to be done, so if you have the old combines and plows, bring them.  See you at the June meeting.

     Tom Swanson



Hi Anne, Could you please put in the newsletter about how nice our grounds look.  Jim and Doris Manlief spend a lot of time picking up sticks and mowing grass and making our show grounds look so nice.  The new trees will some day make some nice shade.  Whom-ever does the Web Site needs a pat on the back also.  This is one of the nicest Web Sites out there!  Thanks again for all your hard work in doing the newsletter.  See ya soon, Kenny Short


THANKS KENNY…Yes, the show grounds do look great thanks to the Manliefs.  Pete VonStein does the best job with the Web Site.  (If you haven’t seen it…check it out:  And, thanks for the encouragement on the newsletter.  I have some super reporters!   Anne



Promoters from Minneapolis used the last name of employee Paul B. Ford to brand the Ford Tractor Co. in 1916.  Henry Ford responded by naming his new tractor company Henry Ford & Sons, and calling his tractor the Fordson.



The Blacksmiths met at the show grounds on May 14th and pounded metal for the day.  We had a nice lunch in the clubhouse where it was warm and no wind.  We all agreed the Illiana Club should install a wind turbine to provide electrical power to the show grounds and possibly even return power to the grid.  The weekend of June 3rd, 4th and 5th was the Indiana Conference at Tipton County Fairgrounds.  It was a very nice event with two world class demonstrators.  The highlight of the event for Ted was his recognition as  “BLACKSMITH OF THE YEAR” for the state of Indiana!  

We do not plan to meet in June, but will meet July 9th, the week before the show, to prepare for our part of the Illiana Show.

Submitted by:  Ted Stout


CONGRATULATIONS, TED!  That is quite an achievement!



Finny reported that there wasn’t any new railroad news this month.  But, the railroad guys are preparing to install the new water tank that Tim Sering has built this past year.  It should be in place by Show Time.  As Finny would say:  “Always keep a close eye on the water” but in this case, “Keep a close eye on the water tank!”



Hello from Tri-County Quilters!

We had our meeting on the 4th Monday of May with 10 members present.  Everyone enjoyed our discussion about Arthur, Il.  Out trip was exciting and quite eventful.  I’ll tell more about it later.  Connie McIntyre had the project.  She showed us how to use 1 – 2 ½” wide dark strips and 1 – 2 ½” light strips, sewn together and make several different blocks.  Everyone made a block and they were all different.  We also have a challenge in process.  Everyone brought five orphan blocks (blocks we didn’t use).  They were put in a sack and everyone drew five blocks, being careful to not get their own.  Then they must use those five and the block we made, and add to it and make something.  We will be surprised, I’m sure when finished, to see what all was made!  Our June meeting will be working on items for the Power Show.  We have some different items.  By saving all the scraps from sewing, we have been able to make cat and dog pillows.  One of our members, who writes our newsletter, did an outstanding job of describing our trip to Arthur, Il.  The following paragraph came straight from our newsletter.


TRIP:  For those of you who were sick or on vacation…you missed a fun time.  Only seven were able to go.  We took two cars and met in Tuscola.  Then we headed to Arthur but had to make a U turn as the leader missed the turn.  Then we got a surprise when we got to Arthur.  No cell phone service.  One car went to the quilt show and the other to the quilt shop.  Finally we met at the quilt show.  After that we headed to Yoder Restaurant.  After lunch and another U turn or so we visited Beachy’s Bulk Food Store and Miller’s Fabric Store.  Then we parted and headed for home.  We saw some pretty quilts and got a few new ideas.


The only part she left out was how we laughed until we cried!  It was quite a day.  The guest that we expected in May didn’t get to come.  Maybe she heard about the ironing!  Since she’s a friend of Donna’s I know she has a terrific sense of humor.  Maybe she will come in June.  Hopefully this year we will have homemade rugs in our building.  Seven are finished but at least fifteen are planned, even a black & gold rug for Purdue fans. “Still quilting”, Sophia

Submitted by:  Sophia Rosa



We’d like to thank the members who prepared and finished the cement floor in the sewing pavilion.  First of all, Tom Swanson and Bob Folk framed the floor and leveled the gravel base.  Then Tom Swanson, Marty LaFoe, Art Petty, Terry Bodine, Ed Grubb and Jim Lawhorn, owner of Stepping Stones Concrete, met on June 9th to pour the concrete floor.  Jim donated his time and equipment.  Jim also brought his Bobcat and spread the “ground-up blacktop fill” (donated & delivered to the show ground by Jake Lape of Danville, Il.) around the flooring of the ladies pavilion.  Both the sewing and ladies pavilions look great!   THANKS GUYS – you did a great job!


Stepping Stones Concrete:  Specializing in poured basement walls and foundations.

Illinois:  217-304-3917 or Indiana:  765-294-2964


NOTE:  After helping with the concrete, Ed brought one of his “Kabota” tractors and finished the day mowing the grounds.

All this work was done during one of the hottest days of the year! 


STAYING BUSY!  As I was moaning about how busy I have been lately, with what seemed to be important to me, an elderly friend reminded me of what her mother always said about being busy.

“It is better to wear out than to rust out!” 

Submitted by:  Ted Stout



Ginny Sayler reported that she is going to miss the July Show.  She is scheduled for knee replacement surgery on July 12th for both knees.  She said that Keith wishes he could be at the show but will also miss it since he will have to take care of her.

Good luck with the surgery and a speedy recovery!  We’ll miss you both this year!






1949 FARMALL M - $1400.00       

1952 FARMALL CUB / WITH BLADE - $2000.00

CONTACT: JIM MANLIEF @ 765-742-4922 OR



We’d like to welcome new member Neil Groen of Lafayette, In. to our club.