MAY 2009



The members of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.  have been invited to Ted & Carol Stout’s house for the May 18th meeting beginning at 6:30 P.M.  Ted & Carol have a lovely home in West Point that is “loaded” with antiques & their special collections.  Every “nook & cranny” is filled with something interesting to see.  Plus, Ted’s shop is a “work of art” that you don’t want to miss!  The usual carry-in dinner is planned so,  please bring a dish to pass.   A map to the Stout’s is included in the newsletter.  You don’t want to miss this special invitation!! 




WOW!  Thanks to each and everyone who came and worked Saturday & Sunday in preparation for our school day and a big thank you to all who came and participated in all the various demonstrations and activities for the kids on Monday.  The Good Lord blessed us with a glorious day and it was just great.  Hats off to Art Petty & Joan Fry for all their efforts in co-ordinating this event.  We had approximately 50 that enjoyed a late lunch after the activities were over and the ham & beans were delicious, thanks to Ted Stout.  This school days event certainly “whetted” my excitement for our up-coming show in July!  It is gratifying to me to work with all of you and to see all the various projects get completed for the betterment of our show and grounds.  Bob Folk and I heard two comments from a teacher and bus driver that our preparation for the kids was better than Conner Prairie!  Be sure to check out Finny Filchak’s signs on the new R.R. rest stop, also,  Kenny Evan’s covered wagon for the guests to ride during the show.  Also, John Carrell and Ed Grubb re-built the rear door on the truck bed and now we can store the grist mill.  Thank You!


At our April meeting it was voted on to post-pone building the Ladies pavilion until adequate funds were available.  However, since then, I have been approached by several club members wanting me to re-visit this project at our next meeting in May.  Their opinion being that if we wait for the money, we will lose in the long run due to higher costs in materials and labor that would off-set our delay in accumulating the funds to build it.  I agree with their line of thinking on this matter, however, as your president, I am not making any decisions without the majority consent.   We do have exact figures from King Builders now and I will be bringing this project up at the May meeting and welcome your thoughts and ideas on how to pay for this project without borrowing money from a financial institution.


Thanks to everyone for all your diligent efforts for the betterment of our club!

Tom Swanson





After weeks of weather that is conducive to cabin fever, Mother Nature gave us a great day on April 18th.  We had sunshine, clouds and decent temperatures for our meeting at Ted Stout’s shop near West Point.  Attendance was above expectations and with Nathan Allen as the demonstrator, assisted by Clifton Ralph’s comments, we learned a lot about forging at the anvil compared to the use of a power hammer.  We also got a lot of opinions about comparison of the air hammer to the mechanical hammer.  Nathan showed us techniques at both ends of the spectrum i.e. with the hand hammer at the anvil and then doing the same operation with the power hammer.  He made a ball and demonstrated the making of a really nice early American drawer pull.  The group participated in discussions between Nathan and Clifton about die designs with the help of blackboard graphics


The audience included several new people which we hope will mail in their membership forms and become partners in our organization.  One visitor was an Amish friend of Ted’s who has been taking black smithing lessons from him.  Ted built a large table  forge for him and at the meeting several members participated in making fire tools for him using his new forge.  Nathan made him a coal shovel from a length of old, pitted, rusty piece of  4" by 1/4" iron.  The end result made all of us envious if the recipient.


Three or four guys had set up to do some tail gate sales and that was fun haggling over bargains.  One of the vendors was an accomplished copper smith who does a lot of work for Old Williamsburg.  Seeing his work displayed was a real treat.  We even had fresh Amish eggs for sale.  They didn’t last very long.  Carol cooked some the next day and I thought she put yellow food coloring in them!


Carol Stout, Joan Ralph, Nancy Redding and Donna Starry put on a terrific lunch with an abundance of many dishes carried in by the members.  We had to really push some of those guys out of the basement; they wanted to take a nap!


After lunch we had iron in the hat and took in $210.  It was agreed to send the money to our friend Harold Frost.  Money donated at the end of the lunch line to offset the cost of the ham was enough that we added it to the iron in the hat money and we mailed a check to Harold for $300.  Thanks to all of you who participated, we know it will be going directly to the one needing it.  Along the same line it is my understanding that Kim Thomas’s EBAY benefit auction for Harold also made over $300.  God bless you Kim.


In the afternoon we all worked outside on the 8 forges Ted had set up.  Several worked with his 100# Little Giant.  Forging activity went into the later afternoon hours which, paraphrasing Martha  Stewart, was a good thing.  There was lots of friendship forged that day with camaraderie in the air.  Needless to say, I  believe this was one of those memorable meetings that I will never forget and trust that everyone else had a great time.  Carol and I thank all of you for making it such a good day.                                   Submitted by: Ted Stout


Man, where do I start?  There has been so much activity on the ol’ P.C.&W. of late that I don’t know what to tell you first!  Oh well, here goes: Howard and Virginia Snider, Tom Swanson, Bob Folk, Terry Bodine and Art Petty made a “brick  run” and supplied three truckloads of pavers for the new waiting station, which were then neatly laid by Marty LaFoe into a great looking platform.  That being said, we still need 600 more!  Keep looking everyone!  Now when Tom Swanson says he wants to get involved with something, he means it!  Practically every shingle on that new roof bears Tom’s finger prints, along with Bob Folk and Art Petty, it was “Topped Out” with the final addition of that great old tin ridge cap from the recent building demolition.  Thank you all so much once again.


On the Saturday preceding History Day, a mighty group gathered to get the track “Up to Snuff” for Monday’s activities.  This bunch of “Gandy Dancers” consisted of Don Bodine, track boss, who spent the entire day on his butt, and was constantly reminded of it by every passer-by, Larry Sturgeon, Art Petty, Terry Bodine, Bob Folk and your truly.  Don was a brutal task-master but his constant whip lashes got the whole track re-tamped in short order.


What a day we had on Monday..... just perfect!  After sweating out the weather for at least a week, the Good Lord saw fit to bless us with a great day for the kids.  Doc Fontaine,  Steve Dye and your truly made up the crew of the “Pine Creek Express”, followed closely by a much needed “special train” consisting of Don Evan’s beautiful electric lash-up, and Clayton Bodine’s “Jolly Trolley”, piloted by the man himself.  This spurious bunch managed to haul almost 300 school kids, teachers and supporting parents around the grounds with out so much as a skinned knuckle!  However, this is probably due to the great station crew we had, which consisted of Rolland and Alice McKinney, Christy Dunbar (Don’s Main Squeeze), and Official Bell Distributor, Annie Bodine.  Folks, I think we’re finally getting the hang of this!  See ya next month,  Finny Filchak



John Deere No.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 7A, 9, 17 steel wheeled combine with header trailer for 1930's vintage JD museum.  Also wanted, steel wheeled threshing machine,  no. 6 Ensilage Harvester, and one or two gang two-way plow.  Jim Baumgart cell:   502-807-5601   YOUR FAMILY FUN FARM IN SOUTHERN INDIANA!



4 headblock Corely sawmill for parts or rebuild - less blade.   $425.00

Don Bodine Ph: 765-294-4296



Ford 9N 2-speed tractor......................$2,400.00

1972 GMC 2-ton truck........................$2,500.00

John Deere #5 cycle-bar mower..........$   125.00

CALL: 217-304-4261


AUCTION - JUNE 13, 2009

CLIFF HADLOCK - 2089 Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, In.  By Earl’s Auction House

Personal property, machinery and railroad items - check web site for details




TRACTOR TRIVIA: Inspired by the color of wild poppies, Allis Chalmers changed it’s tractor color from green to Persian Orange in the late 1930's.



We would like to thank Mike and Donna Cunningham of Veedersburg, In.  for their generous donation of paver bricks that were used at the new Pine Creek & Western R.R. waiting station.

Thank you Mike and Donna!



Wayne Castle lost his battle with cancer and passed away in April.  Our sympathy to his family.



Recuperating from surgeries and treatments are: Kathy Lawhorn, Roger Horn, Bob Parsell, Jim Fain, Ken Evans and Christy Dunbar.  Let’s hope all these members are well soon!



The Jeremiah Eyrich family welcomed baby Charles on April 23, 2009.  This was also Jeremiah’s birthday!  Congratulations!



Time changes many things even the landscape.  I remember traveling Hwy.  41 as a little girl.  I don’t mean the 41 of today....I mean the “old 41.”  Old 41 as it was then only exists in patches here and there.  I remember a  narrow two lane highway that curved and dipped constantly between Lake County and Nashville, Tn., before Mom switched to Hwy 31 on her way to Birmingham.  Many years ago there on Old 41, there was a store that stood just north of Carbondale at Briscoe Corners.  It was a unique place owned by Jim Marquess and his wife Helen.  Jim and Helen kept the store open seven days a week from sun-up until dusk.  In the 1930's Briscoe Corners was a center of activity up until World War II.  There was a baseball diamond in the back of the store and a local team took on all comers in softball or hardball.  On the wall of the old store hung a placard that advertised a boxing program that was staged as a Labor Day Extravaganza in the 1940's.  The Store was a real “Jot ‘em down store”, with everything from hog feed, steaks or fan belts.  On Sunday nights a movie was shown on the side of the building.  Jim Marquess and his wife Helen lived next door to the store.  At the time, there was about 50-60 people that lived up and down Old 41.  After the death of his wife, Jim still opened the store but also closed it anytime the mood struck him.  His constant companion was an Irish setter named Bob.  A lazy house cat usually slept amidst the clutter of papers on the counter.  The shelves were empty of goods; instead they held odds and ends, curios and crude carvings that Jim chopped out of wood.  A sign on the side of the store read “Briscoe, since 1856".  It is believed that Briscoe was much older than that but the fact couldn’t be established since records in the Warren County Court House were destroyed by fire in 1856.  The store was once a one-room school house that had been abandoned in 1929.  Jim bought the building and a half-acre of land and turned it into a store.  Jim liked to tell the story of the time when John Dillinger stopped at the store.  “John Dillinger sat right out there once”, as he pointed out at the gas pumps through a dusty front window.  “I think it was 1932 or maybe ‘33", he continued.  “He didn’t come into the store, but a couple of the other men did, and they bought some food.  I didn’t find out Dillinger was in the car until later.”  Jim was a collector of oddities.  Some of the things he collected were the 44,000 fired shotgun primers from his years of reloading for trap shooting.  There was a ball of twine that hung from the wood shelf at the right of the store.  Jim said that there was 25 miles of twine - enough to reach Danville, Il.  and a third of the way back.  He would add another 15 miles to it that winter.  Jim was a man that just couldn’t sit still...he had to be doing something.   There is no sign of Jim’s store, the ball of twine, the baseball diamond or any other signs of the past there now.  Just the memories of the people in the area keep Jim’s memory alive!





                  HISTORY DAY - MAY 4, 2009

There is “no-way” we could have ordered a nicer day than the one Mother Nature supplied us with for the 6th Annual History Day.  Earlier weather reports predicted rain, but our day started out with lovely blue skies, sunshine and of course a “little wind” that this area is noted for.

A school bus from Attica was first to arrive just before 9:00 A.M. with two buses from Covington following shortly.  Art Petty and Joan Fry welcomed the students and passed out the souvenir bags.


TRAIN STATION:   Students lined up at the railroad station to ride the trains.  Dick (Doc) Fontaine and Don Evans had their locomotives fired up and ready to go!  Steve Dye was “relief engineer and fireman” for Doc’s engine, while Finny Filchak was once again “Mr.  Conductor”.    Rolland and Alice McKinney, Clayton Bodine, Anne Bodine and Christy Dunbar helped load and un-load students and pass out souvenir tickets and Polar Express bells.  Later in the day, Clayton added his “Jolly Trolley” to the tracks.  It’s the newest addition to the railroad that Don and Terry Bodine built during the winter months, but for safety reasons, the only passenger that day was Jim Petty.


THE DULCIMER GROUP:   Donna Starry, Herb and Betty Pigman, Julie Poor and Lois Miller entertained the students with some lovely music.  Everyone joined in singing several songs, clapping time with the music and had the old fashion wooden puppets dancing to the tunes!

We even discovered that Rolland McKinney plays a dulcimer and with much urging, played a couple songs between student groups.


BLACKSMITH STATION:   The forges were fired up in the new blacksmith building.  Ted Stout, Charlie Terril, Mark Briar and Rob Durrett demonstrated their black smithing talents.  Rob was also dressed in his “Lewis and Clark” period costume and spoke of the importance of a blacksmith during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


BALING STATION:   Tom and Norm Bastin were busy demonstrating their miniature baler.  They explained about various grasses and the gas engine that runs the baler.


WASHING STATION AND KITCHEN:   Kenny Short demonstrated how clothes were washed by hand on a wash board and rugs were “beat clean” with a rug beater.  Ed Grubb and Wayburn Norfleet had clothes “chugging” in an old washing machine.  Carol Stout had a lovely display of early cooking utensils and household items.  She explained to the students what they were and how they were used.


BEE KEEPER STATION:   John Cunningham, our “honey-man”, brought his glass case of live bees.  Students had fun trying to find the Queen Bee.


BUTTER MAKING STATION:   Robyn Petty, Donna and Michelle Lechlitner and Marty LaFoe explained how to separate cream from milk using a cream separator.  An antique paddle jar creamer, various molds and butter crocks were on display.  They also made butter shaking small jars of cream and the butter was then used in the club house to taste on the corn bread.  Club members were able to take some home later in the day.


LADIES STATION:  Inside the clubhouse Pat Grubb, Jessie Byroad and Doris Manlief handed out corn bread, popcorn and cold cups of water.  Students had a chance to taste: maple syrup, honey, sorghum or butter on their corn bread.  Jim Manlief baked all the corn bread....whew!

Thanks, Jim!  Kim Short made announcements  over the PA System.  Outside the clubhouse Kathy Olin, Jane Reavley, Marie Nickle and Joan Fry helped students make old fashion felt balls.


SAW MILL STATION:   Rudy Groff brought his 1956 John Deere 70 tractor to power the saw mill this year.  John Dillman, Owen Moudy and Gary Burnell sawed walnut and white oak logs.  Terry Bodine and Tom Nickle explained the history of saw mills, water wheel mills, pit saws and different types of wood and helped stack the wood after it was sawed.


STEAM ENGINE:  Don Bodine with help from Clayton Bodine and Christy Dunbar (who did double duty at the train station) had his Minneapolis traction engine fired up.  Don explained how the steam engine worked and students viewed the fire in the fire box and heard the whistle blow.


CORN GRINDING STATION:   Tom Swanson and Bob Folk demonstrated how ear corn is shelled off the cob using a corn sheller.  Then John Carrell and Ken Evans showed students how the corn is ground into corn meal.  Small bags were filled with the meal and passed out to take samples home.  John Byroad had his burr-mill and sheller on display also.


Helen Petty covered the activities with her camera  snapping pictures all day.  Dave Sims and his daughter Courtney directed the students to the various stations.  Little Courtney got to “ride on her dad’s shoulders” most the time.  Bet Dave was tired that evening!  Joe Fry, Jim Manlief, Jim Petty and Pam Evans were our “floating” helpers by helping where needed through out the day. 

Two buses from Southeast Fountain Elementary arrived just after Attica and Covington buses pulled away.  All the students from the school had on matching blue T-shirts.  It seems that this year, the school was able to get some grant money and schedule several field trips for their fourth graders.  Each field trip was printed on the shirt (Illiana’s included) and the students wore them on their trips.  This made it easy to identify their students when other schools were involved.  Great idea!  We were fortunate to have news coverage from the Danville Commercial News and The Fountain County Neighbor newspapers.   Art Petty received a generous check for $600.00 from a representative from Tipmont  REMC.  We received a grant from their “Operation Round-up” Program.  Thank you REMC!  After the buses pulled away, everyone gathered by the clubhouse to enjoy a delicious meal of ham and bean that Ted Stout had cooking by the blacksmith building.  Joan Fry had some “sandwich fixings” and side dishes.  Topping off the meal were some tasty cakes supplied by Joan and Carol Stout.  M-M-M-Good food again!

Clean up was soon under way with everyone pitching in.  We’d like to thank everyone who helped on the week-end to get the clubhouse and grounds ready, for all the help throughout the History Day and for all the help cleaning up!  We also want to thank all the ladies who “sewed their hearts out” making the souvenir bags!  But, most of all: Thanks Art Petty and Joan Fry who organized this whole event!   If by chance I have missed some one who worked and was not mentioned, I apologize, as it was not intentional.  One last note: It was nice to see a gathering of members who camped the week-end.  It looked like they had a good time!