MAY 2006                                                  ISSUE 4



May 15, 2006 will be the next scheduled meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.  Carry-in dinner will begin at 6:30 P.M. at the club house; the business meeting will follow, then the merchandise drawing.  So, bring those delicious “dishes to pass” and something for the table.  (We sure have been having a variety of items!)  Last on the agenda is a directors meeting.  All directors are encouraged to attend.



Hello to all, “THANK YOU” and a hearty JOB WELL DONE to all who so generously gave of their time and talents to make our Third Annual Living History Day for the 4th grade classes of Fountain County a rousing success.  A “pat on the back” goes to Art Petty for once again co-ordinating this event: to Joan Fry for preparing lunches for the workers and to Dick Fontaine, Terry and Don Bodine for mowing the grounds on short notice.  Thanks to all of you who came on Sunday afternoon and Monday to give of themselves to this a day of special memories for the children.  Sometimes, as I walk around the grounds and watch the activities being demonstrated, I wonder who is having the most fun; the workers or the kids!


The survey of the club grounds has been completed, thanks to Ted Stout, who secured the surveyor.  We are waiting on the final calculations to determine the acreage so we can complete the purchase transaction from John Dillman.  If you haven’t done so yet, I would encourage you to mail any donations you can to Doris Manlief to help with the land purchase.  Thanks to all of you who have previously done so.   Mailing address is: 3618 Donna Drive, Lafayette, In.  47905.


Show time if fast approaching.  With high fuel prices, our show is a good family event that our friends and neighbors can attend with-in short driving distance.  Let’s encourage them to do so for our 25th celebration.  Remember, you tractor collectors, my goal is to have 100 tractors on display.  Bring your Molines and Olivers as well as the other makes and models.


Last item: There will be a directors meeting (a short one) immediately following our club meeting.  See you there and, once again, thank you all for everything you do to make this a special club.


Your President,    Tom Swanson



If you are planning to camp during the show, remember to contact John Carrell.  He informed us at the last meeting the best phone number to call is: 765-793-3282    


We now have our show bills, raffle tickets, and place-mats for this year’s show.   It is important to get as many of the show bills passed around to let people know the date of our show.  Also, the raffle is a good source of income to add to the treasury, so you need to pick up some tickets and SELL, SELL, SELL!!  The first and second prize is 1/4 each of beef.  Third prize will be a Lionel “Polar Express” train and fourth prize is a pedal tractor.  Of course there will be many misc.  prizes also.  The place-mats need to be distributed to the restaurants a few weeks before the show, but you can pick them up now.



Please bring a list of all your expenses to the meeting so we can put together a cost sheet.  We will apply for a couple grants and need to show what was spent on the History Day.  This includes fuel, food, all supplies, etc.  Even if you are donating the cost to the club, we still want to know how much was spent.



Like everyone else, the blacksmith group put on a good show for the kids on May 1st “History Day”.  We had a good turnout of eight volunteers with two forges.  The kids seem to really enjoy the show.  


Our next meeting has been re-scheduled from Ted’s shop to the Independence shop on May 13th.  Ted will be at Conner Prairie participating in an advanced architectural iron class.  Independence will also be the site of our June 17th meeting, which is the “Independence Heritage Festival”.  June 2, 3, and 4th will be the Indiana Blacksmith Conference at the county fairgrounds in Tipton.  If you have an interest in blacksmithing, this is a good show for finding new and used blacksmith tools and supplies.  There will be blacksmithing demonstrations all weekend.  Call Ted if you need details.    Ted Stout



The sales of our cookbooks have been fantastic!!  We are down to just a few books.  If you have any on hand that are not sold, you can bring them to the meeting.  This way we can start to collect some to sell at the show.  Or, you can call Anne Bodine at 765-294-2768 or E-mail and make arrangements to turn the books in.  Of course if you want to have them on hand at home till the show, that’s okay also.


A farmer and his wife were driving along and had been arguing the whole time.  After several minutes of not speaking to each other, the farmer spotted a donkey grazing in a field.  He turned to his wife, pointed to the donkey and asked, “Relative of yours?”   “Yes”, she replied, “on my husband’s side.”



For the third year in a row, Mother Nature did not co-operate with us for either our Sunday work day nor our Monday History Day.  Both days were cold and windy with rain on and off.  But, “troopers to the end” our club members turned out to help on both days!  We even had the Manlief’s and the Nickle’s bring their campers and camp Sunday night.  (Every one else “chickened out”.)


The two buses from Attica arrived first with the two from Covington not too far behind.  Art Petty passed out the souvenir bags as the students un-loaded from their buses and headed to various stations.


BLACKSMITH STATION:  Ted Stout, John Young, David and Lorraine Childress, Rob Durrett, Pete Rollett, Jim Hale and Charlie Terril had a lovely display of items they made to show the students.  Some of them even were dressed in period blacksmith costumes as they worked on various projects.


TRAIN STATION:   Dick Fontaine had his engine and cars ready for eager riders with “Mr.  Conductor”, alias Finny, riding in back to keep hands and feet in cars.  Charlie Lupinek and Steve Dye were  helping load and un-load passengers.  John Young brought his engine in case it was needed for a second train.


SAW MILL STATION:  John Dillman ran his saw mill with help from Terry and Anne Bodine.  Terry explained the early ways to saw logs; by hand, water mills, John’s mill and current band saw mills.  John was sawing yellow tulip poplar logs, so the question of the day was, “Do you know the significance of the Tulip Poplar Tree?”   About half the students knew the answer.  (It’s Indiana’s state tree.)  Don Bodine, with help from Michelle McClure, powered the saw mill with his Minneapolis Steam Engine.  Several students enjoyed climbing up on his water wagon that was setting next to the engine.


LADIES STATION:  As in the past, Kathy Olin with help from Marie Nickle and Giny Saylor had the students make felt balls.  Doris Manlief and Carol Stout explained early cooking methods and natural sweeteners while handing out corn bread sticks to munch on.  Students had a choice of trying honey, maple syrup, molasses, or butter on their sticks.  Pat Grubb and Donna Leckigtner passed out bags of popcorn.  Jane Reavley showed everyone how to make paper cups from a single sheet of paper and then, enjoy a cold cup of water.


DULCIMER’S STATION:  Donna Starry organized her group of players: Lois Miller, Julie Poor, Herb and Betty Pigman.  Students joined in singing several of the songs played.  Donna also helped the ladies wherever she was needed though-out the day.


WASHING STATION:  Kenny Short demonstrated how clothes were washed by hand on a wash board in early times.  (He said he went to Purdue to learn how to wash clothes....don’t know if he was joking or not!)  He discovered how many students didn’t know what a rug beater was since he had a couple of them on display.  Ed Grubb had his Maytag washer “Chug, Chug, Chugging along”....but not to the time and tunes of the dulcimers!

MILKING STATION:  Alan Stutler was on hand to show how to separate cream and milk using a cream separator.  Dick VanSchepen and Michelle Leckigtner helped the students make butter while shaking jars of cream.  Joan Fry’s antique paddle-jar creamer was also on display at this station.


BEE-KEEPER STATION:  John Cunningham (our “honey man” at our show) brought his glass-case display of live bees.  Students were eager to find the “Queen Bee” in the case.  John explained the process of making honey and each student had a “honey stick” in their souvenir bag to take home.


CORN GRINDER STATION:   John Carrell along with Robyn Petty and Jim Manlief showed the students how ear corn is shelled and ground into corn meal.  Small bags were filled and passed out to the students to take home..


PLANTING STATION:  Jim Manlief had the ground disked and prepared for students to plant seed potatoes and indian corn.  Tom Swanson and Wayburn Norfleet helped each one take a turn planting the rows.  They were invited to come to the show to see how their crops progress during the summer.


Tom Nickle kept the students entertained with  rides on the “people mover”.  After a quick lunch provided by Joe and Joan Fry, the volunteers prepared for the afternoon sessions of students from Fountain Central.  Once during the afternoon, (for about 5 min.)  the sun tried to come out.  Fortunately, the rain held off and the buses pulled out with plenty of smiling faces and good-bye waves. 


John Carrell reported that a teacher from the A.M. and one from the P.M. sessions each told him that our History Day was much better than going to Billie Creek Village.  How’s that for a good compliment?!


While writing this re-cap for the newsletter, I want to apologize if I missed mentioning some one who volunteered.  Some times I have a “blond (really gray) moment”.


Anne Bodine - Committee Member



We like to add a thank-you to Jim Manlief.  He fired up his oven and baked all 300 corn bread sticks...Doris said she got to eat all the broken ones and didn’t think she’d have any on History Day.  Wonder why?  And an extra thank-you to the ladies who sewed all the  bags for the students.  That is quite a time consuming job!  But again, as Tom said, Thanks to all for a Job Well Done.