MARCH 2009



The next meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.  will be Monday, March 16th at 6:30 P.M. at the clubhouse.  The usual dinner will precede the meeting, so bring a dish to pass.  We need to form a committee for this year’s History Day hosting Fountain County Schools so try to attend.



Weather permitting, a work day to tear down the building that was donated to the club is scheduled for March 7th at 9:00 A.M.  Members who can attend need to call Tom Swanson at 765-762-2009 for directions and also to bring along some tools.  Please try to help if you can.



In 1951, member Howard Snider was hospitalized in Pusan Korea after taking some shrapnel to the back and shoulder.  After all these years he has finally received his Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Korean Service Medal at the Lafayette Municipal Building, Lafayette Indiana.    Attending this presentation were his wife Virginia, daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Dan Grubbs and brother, Fred Snider.  Congratulations Howard!



February 14th Meeting:

February 14th was St.  Valentine’s Day so the group concentrated on making hearts from metal.  We saw some creativity that Saturday; some very nice hearts were made.  A young man who appeared to be about 14 years old, Zach C., spent the whole day forging hearts.  He had a lot of help from members and took five finished hearts home.  We always enjoy seeing the young aspiring smiths at work.  Shane S. also made a nice piece for his wife.  Dominick forge welded a bundle of 18 pieces of welding wire (maybe 3/32" diameter) at one end, then bent the loose ends around to form a 3 dimensional heart with one wire remaining to use as a hanger.  Real nice piece that he may, with some encouragement, put on his website for all to see.

Our meeting was well attended (over 20) with several guests.  One of the guests is a coppersmith that makes items for the rendezvoused and old Williamsburg.  He spread out a display of his wares and it was impressive to say the least.  Several of his pieces went home with the members.

We all had a good time even if Mother Nature did throw about an inch of snow our way the night before.  Carol, as usual, served a good meal with the carry-in dishes brought by the members.  Chicken and noodle Alfredo, fresh sliced ham, baked beans and many covered dishes made an after lunch nap more appealing than getting back to work.

Dominick volunteered to host the next meeting March 14th.  He is located in West Lafayette just off highway 52.  Feel free to call or e-mail for directions to his heated shop.

Please put the April 18th   IBA meeting on your calendars, Nathan Allen will demonstrate black- smithing on the anvil compared to using a power hammer.  (Just as a heads up Nathan, Clifton said he is going to try to be here.)

I wish to thank all of you for your prayers, phone calls and cards after my recent heart attack.  Our black smithing community is a very caring and sensitive group that Carol and I are proud to be a part of.  I am currently doing very well and have been doing rehab and some work in the shop.

Submitted by: Ted Stout




ADVERTISING:                                      Pete VonStein

EXHIBITOR GIVE AWAY’S                 Doris Manlief

RAFFLE                                                   Doris Manlief

FLEA MARKET                                      Terry Bodine

FOOD                                                       Barnett’s, LaFoe’s  & Campbell’s

GATE & PARKING                                Tom Nickle, Art Petty & Glen Lechlitner

TAG SALE                                               Dick VanSchepen & Wayburn Norfleet

FEATURE TRACTORS                          Tom Swanson & Ken Evans

TENTS                                                      Ed Grubbs

RESTROOMS                                          Terry Bodine

GARBAGE                                               Ed Grubbs

CROPS                                                      Alan Stutler

INSURANCE                                            Doris Manlief

SHOW PROGRAMS                                Doris Manlief

SAFETY & SECURITY                           Don Evans & Ken Short

LADIES ACTIVITIES                              Kathy Olin

PIES SALES                                             Carol Stout & Donna Starry

CAMPER PARKING                               John Carrell

ROAD WATERING                                 Tom Swanson & Ken Short

SOUND SYSTEM                                    Don Evans & Ken Short

PARADE                                                  Terry Bodine

GROUNDS                                               Jim Manlief

TRAINS                                                    Finny Filchak & Dick Fontaine

GAS ENGINES                                        Tom Bastin

BLACKSMITH                                         Ted Stout

SPECIAL EVENTS                                  Joan Fry

CHURCH SERVICE                                Tom Nickle



Rolland McKinney is at his winter home in Pensacola Florida recovering from surgery on his left foot from a torn tendon.  We wish him a “speedy” recovery!  Hope to see him at History Day in May....Rolland helped at the train station last year loading and un-loading the students from the train ride.


Member Cliff Hadlock passed away in February at his home in Beech Grove.  Cliff was an avid railroad fan and along with his good friend Charlie Lupinek constructed the railroad bays on the show grounds.  He will be sadly missed by all.











The February meeting of the Pine Creek & Western R.R. was well attended with the following people on board (Tee Hee, pun intended). Yours truly,(who made it this time) was joined by Dick Fontaine, John Young and Mel from down under, Charlie Lupinek, Terry, Clayton and Don Bodine, who was, by the way once again our host, Tim Sering, Gary Burnell, Steve Dye, Marty LaFoe and Christy and the girls.

Man, did everyone get a workout!  We all tore into construction of the new waiting station which will grace the club grounds this spring, and no one could ask for a better crew.  My heartfelt thanks to all!  Some of those in attendance aren’t formally connected with the R.R. Club but pitched in just the special thanks to them.  A committee is planned to meet at the grounds as soon as possible to determine the placement of the station to best fit the wants and needs of all concerned. 

Guys like Cliff Hadlock don’t come along everyday, he was railroading personified.  Not only did he make it his calling, but his hobby and pastime as well.  His contribution to the club will be sorely missed but never forgotten.  But I for one refuse to be too sad, because I know right now, Cliff is sitting just to the left of the “Big Engine”, keeping a close eye on the water and fire, in a locomotive that runs flawlessly throughout eternity.  Good Bye Cliff....the world is a poorer place without you in it.

Submitted by: Finny Filchak


HISTORY DAY - MAY 4, 2009:

Chairperson, Art Petty is asking for volunteers for his committee to plan this year’s History Day hosting schools from Fountain County.  He will be passing out sheets at the meeting to sign up.  Work days to get the club house and club grounds ready are scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd.  All help is needed.  Put these dates on your calendar!  Also we need volunteers to sew the souvenir bags that are handed out to the students.  This is a big project and the more volunteers we have to make these, the less job it is for just a few.



FOR SALE: Ground driven John Deere Binder.  Call Don Bodine @ 765-294-4296



The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.


It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.


From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.


When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.


And when weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.


Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot stove.


Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.


From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.


In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.


When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.


When dinner was ready, grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to cone in from the fields to dinner.


It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that “old time apron” that served so many purposes!!



Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.  Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw!

They would go crazy now, trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron...I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron!

Submitted by: Jane Reavley and Donna Starry


           HAPPY ST.  PATRICK’S DAY!!