MARCH 2014


Well, the Fry’s are “playing it smart” and staying in Florida!  Joe says, “We are not coming home until the grass is green.”  We may not see them for quite awhile!  So, the next meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc. will be held at the club house on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M.  A carry-in dinner is planned so please bring a dish to pass.  Hopefully the weather will co-operate and be pleasant!



In December we made many quilts, then donated them to the women’s shelters in Attica and Crawfordsville.  The quilts were received with much appreciation.  The club members felt pretty good also.  We had a wonderful dinner at Joan’s house, catered by Sarah, delicious as usual, had a gift exchange after eating and played quilter’s trivia.  Also we received a thank you from Marie Canine CA center in Crawfordsville for the 20 turbans we donated made by Marilyn.

In January…..we sat near news media waiting for weather reports to be favorable to travel…..but, “not in the cards!”  Well, after much re-scheduling, planning and a few tears of frustration, we finally had a meeting on February 24th!  We were so glad to see each other.  It was great catching up on the latest news from each household.  After a short meeting we had a great “sew and tell” session.  Beautiful items were shared and admired.  We started on a new project for the community and threw around some ideas for Rainsville.  The raffle quilt is finished.  Ready to go and beautiful!

For now Mother Nature is in “time-out”.  They’ve arrested ground hog “Phil” and we are looking for an early spring.  Then again, this is the Midwest and all that can change in a heartbeat!

There are plans for 2 History Days this year.  Here’s hoping the school’s “snow days” don’t interfere with the May History Day.

This is a banner year for the Tri-County Quilters….it will be their 10th anniversary of participating in the Steam and Power Show!  There have been many changes since 2004, many new members and many new ideas, all for the good of the club.

Submitted by:  Marsha Watkins



What a winter this has been, the Rocky Forge group has cancelled meeting after meeting and not been able to heat our shops for forging.  Being snowbound, freezing temperatures, colds, flu and $5 to $7 a gallon propane really tests our endurance.  Most of us are so afflicted with cabin fever it is a treat to go about anywhere!  Finally, this Saturday, March the 8th, after paying over $700 for 200 gallons of propane, Ted is going to heat his shop for a hammer-in.  If we get lucky with the temperature there will be forges available outside for the tough guys and inside there will be one coal forge and at least 2 gas forges.  If anyone wants to bring their gas forges, then do so.  Some of the guys have already expressed special projects they want to work on.  I must warn you that my shop has a lot of extra stuff that was put there for the winter, but we can work around it.  Coffee and doughnuts will be ready by 8:30 and lunch will be a pitch-in with a large pot of chili.  Our cook, Carol, will not be available after 12:00, so we will need to share the chore of setting up the lunch buffet.  Iron in the hat will be held after lunch so bring some nice things for the drawing.  I for one have really missed getting together so I hope to see a lot of familiar faces and even some unfamiliar visitors.  Pass the word…..

Submitted by: Ted Stout


This has been a rough time for friends, neighbors and members, so bad that we sometimes hesitate reading the obituaries or answering the phone.  Some of our mutual friends who need our support are:   John Young, one of our Rocky Forge founding members, lost his wife Lucille on February 14th.  She was buried next to her family in Vienna, Mo.  There will be a local memorial for her that will be announced at a later date.*   Lucille and John were the ones who had the Illiana t-shirts made and sold them at the show.  Also, John Schnieder, age 59, of Attica passed away on Sunday March 2nd.  Though John was not a member, he had occasionally attended our meetings.  He was a great collector of anything old and particularly enjoyed machine shop tools and blacksmithing tools.  John Zile a prominent member of the IBA has terminal cancer and has only a short time to live.  Our prayers and thought are with each family during this difficult time.

Ted Stout

Unfortunately I have to add to Ted’s note that Kenny and Mary Ann Evans’ daughter, Susan Fischer, passed away on February 25, 2014 following a brief illness with cancer.  Our condolences to all the Evans’ families.

*MEMORIAL FOR LUCILLE YOUNG  - MARCH 15, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.

At the home of Janice Young Morgan, 5012 S. Wellington Blvd., Crawfordsville, In. 47933 (check Janice’s facebook page for map)


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Born in Britain, not Ireland.

Taken prisoner at age 16 by Irish raiders.

Spent 6 years in captivity in Ireland before escaping back to Britain.

Became a priest and returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.

According to poplar Irish myths, St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland.  However, Ireland never had any snakes to begin with because the island is surrounded by water too cold for snakes to swim through to get there.

Historians believe he died March 17, 461 AD.  That is why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March every year.





                  UP-COMING EVENT:

      HISTORY DAY – MAY 2014