JUNE 2012



Illiana Antique Power Assoc. will meet on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. at the clubhouse.  This will be our last meeting before our July show.  Please bring a dish to pass for the dinner.  See you there!



President Tom Swanson has scheduled a workday for Saturday, June 16th.  The wheat needs to be cut and shocked.  This is quite a project, so we need as many members to help get this done so the wheat will be ready to thresh for the show.  Come as early as you are able.  We will try and have lunch available in the clubhouse.



Tom and the club are going to need help to cut and “shock” the wheat on June 16th.  The binder requires some time to put the canvases on it and get it ready to cut the wheat, and, hopefully it will work again for another year.  When we place the bundles of wheat into shocks to cure and go “through the sweat” it is important to try to build the shocks so that they will remain standing properly.

(1)    First place two bundles standing fairly straight up north and south.  One person should remain holding these two bundles while others get two more bundles.

(2)    Two more bundles should be placed on the east and west side of the first two bundles – same person still holding all four straight up.

(3)    Four more bundles are placed in the corners leaning in at the top to hold the shock equally from falling over.

(4)    One person should place a bundle with the heads pointing to the southwest on top of the shocks.  This is done after spreading the top and bottom of the bundle as wide as possible with the string in the middle.  This cap helps to hold the shock together and helps shed rain off of the shock.

Looking down on the shock with the bundles numbered as they are placed in position.

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Cap bundles placed on top with the heads facing the southwest.  It takes nine bundles to make a proper shock.  The quality of the shocks is more important than the quantity of shocks you build.  If they fall over, they will mold and require rebuilding.




The Rocky Forge group was host to the IBA on May 19th at Ted Stout’s shop with 28 in attendance.  Melvin Lytton (formerly of Conner Prairie) gave an informative demonstration on axe making.  All along he lectured on what and why he was doing certain steps and told much of the history of the axe as it developed from Europe to the modern American axe of today.   He is an exceptional demonstrator.  Some of the guys worked on the forges making things later in the afternoon.  An auction of donated items was held to raise funds towards an addition to the Rocky Forge building at the Rainsville site.

The Indiana Blacksmiths Association held their annual conference at the Tipton County Fairgrounds on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  The show was a huge hit with many excellent national demonstrators and a large sale area.  If the vendors did not have it, you probably did not need it.

Due to a large Amish auction June 9th, the June Rocky Forge meeting was cancelled.  The next meeting will be July 14th at our building on the grounds of the Illiana Steam and Power show grounds.  Their show will be July 20 thru the 22nd.

Saturday, May 26th, Carol and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a large gathering of friends and family and “lots of food”!  We would like to publicly thank Dominick Andrisani, KJ, Peter Cooper and his wife, Greg Searcy and Zachary Gaither for enduring the heat and demonstrating during our open house.  They seemed to have fun making things.  Over 150 guests really enjoyed the entertainment.  Our thanks to the demonstrators and to D&R Catering for doing such a great job. 

Ted and Carol

Submitted by:  Ted Stout 


A THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  You should not pray for rain if it causes you to complain about the mud!



History Day on the Pine Creek & Western R.R. was a big hit for the students as usual!  The trains are always a favorite stop on their tours of the show grounds.  The train ride went very well until the very last run when the steam engine “joined the birds” and flew off the track!  (Finny said that I jinxed them since I had just asked them if they had any derailments that day…of which they DID NOT!)   It took John Dillman’s tractor to lift it back on the rails!  Steve Dye mowed all around the train facility and oiled all the switches previous to History Day.  That really helped so that all the work didn’t “fall” on only one or two people.  The show will come soon so..……. “THE WORK HAS JUST BEGUN!”

 Submitted by:  Terry Bodine  (Finny’s off again this month).








We met on May 21st with 11 members present.  Florence purchased apron patterns for everyone and we made them for the show.  (Mine isn’t finished!)

We enjoyed History Day.  Some chaperones (men) sat and made 4-patch blocks with the students.  (I think they have done it before).  Everything went smoothly, although we could have used more members to help.  Next year we have some ideas on doing things a little different.  It’s still in the planning stage.  I hear the numbers of children were down this year due to budget cuts.  WHAT A SHAME!

We had a carry-in salad luncheon last month with no idea what each person was bringing.  Of course we had some duplicates.  Three people brought chicken salad and everything was delicious.  Too bad we didn’t have some guest to impress with our cooking abilities besides our sewing.  Well, maybe next month.  Beverly has a project for June and it’s a surprise!  One of our members, Marilyn from Crawfordsville, is recuperating from surgery and cancer treatments.  Hopefully, she will be back with us this month.

I hope anyone who gardens is having better luck this year than I am.  I planted 30 lbs. of potatoes and maybe 20 came up.  Replanted!  No carrots popped up, 25% of my beets, so I replanted those also!  My sweet corn looks good and the tomatoes are blooming.  Of course, the less veggies I produce, the less I have to can!

I’m planning on fixing our quilt cabin this month since time is growing short.  Art Petty has offered to help with my recycling project.  Apparently he is a big recycler also.

SHOW TIME is around a month away.  We are all getting excited!

Still trying to sew, Sophia

Submitted by:  Sophia Rosa



Member Pam Evans, wife of Don, passed away on June1, 2012.  Many of you should recall Pam at our show proudly displaying her collection of aprons.  Pam had MS for the past 22 years but was still able to attend many of the clubs events.  She was last seen enjoying this past History Day.  She will be sadly missed by all of us.  Our sympathy and prayers go to the Evans’ families.



In 1897, St. Louis beer baron Adolphus Bush paid German inventor Rudolf Deisel $1 Million  for the right to produce the first diesel engines in America.



Pat Conder recently had surgery on his foot and is recovering.  Pat helps at the sawmill and also drives the bulldozer through the parade at the show.

We were very glad to see Kenny Evans at the last club meeting.  He was looking good and that makes us feel very good!

Best Wishes to them and to all who we may have missed since last month.



Show season is here – let the fun begin!  From now till fall there is a show to go to some place every weekend.  There are also a lot of auctions to watch for and they can be as much fun as a show.  Also, auctions are a great way to learn the value of the engines.  I was glad to see some of our club members at Russell Waymire’s auction. I was met at the gate by our own “Bob and Tom” show, parking cars and passing out show flyers.  Great job guys!  I hope Russell was happy with the results.  I saw the sold listing online and it looked like there were some bargains.  I didn’t get to stay for the sale as I had a wedding to attend in Ky.  But, as a consolation, I did get to stop and see one of the best engine collections in the county.  I don’t know how many times I was told that this is the only one or that it is the oldest known show.  It was one of  (if not the best) collections I have ever seen.  Another thing of interest is that there is a railroad museum in New Haven, Ky. on Hwy 31E.  I didn’t stop but I will go back because it looked very nice. They had a big crowd on Sunday.  The Steam Corner Show was a little down, I think, due to the heat.  But, they still had a good turnout.  We had a lot of fun.  I think we had six members there or maybe a few more.

 Everywhere I’ve been, people are asking about our show.  If this is any indication, we should have a good crowd.  I’m looking for 300 engines this year.  So all you members who have engines at home and have not been bringing them, please do so.  I could put up an area for unattended engines for display only…. if you don’t want to stay with them.  I do know who some of you are.  So please don’t hold out and bring them all.  Hope you get out and have some fun….till next month, later,   Tom

P.S.  I’ll be going south to the Edinburgh Show next week, come on down!

Submitted by:  Tom Bastin



The day was perfect.  Almost every thing worked!  Everyone contributed something.  The kids arrived and  they loved it!  Teachers and parents appreciated our efforts.  The ninth History Day was a success!  A great big THANKS to everyone!  A special thanks to Cecil Krebs from Oxford, (not a member….yet.) for filling in the Bee Station.  He had some great props.  Special thanks also go to Carol Stout and Doris Manlief who did the lunch.  Another thank you to Deb Dillman who took the pictures and brought some terrific soup for the lunch.  The grounds looked great.  I am not going to try to list everyone who worked.  It was a group effort.  You folks are wonderful!  Pat yourself on the back and grin and then next year we can do it again!

Submitted by:  Joan Fry