MAY 2011



It’s May…..then June…..then July, and….. SHOWTIME!  The next meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc. will be May 16th at the clubhouse.  We’ll begin at 6:30 P.M. with our regular dinner so bring a dish to pass.  Job assignments were organized at the April meeting and a list is included in this month’s newsletter.  Be sure to contact the person in charge to let them know where you want to “help out” before and during the show.  We definitely need help at the gate and parking and the pie sales.  Please let Tom Nickle or Art Petty know when you can work the gate and Donna Starry or Donna Lechlitner know when you can help with the pies sales.  These two activities need the most workers.  Please offer to spend some time with them!  See you at the meeting!



Tom Swanson – President (765-762-2009),  Kenny Short – 1st Vice President (765-583-2991),  Don Bodine – 2nd Vice President (765-294-4296),  Doris Manlief – Secretary-Treasure (765-742-4922),  Art Petty (765-294-2301),  Kim Short (765-583-2991),  Don Evans (217-759-7215),  Dick Fontaine (765-762-1443),  Wayburn Norfleet (765-385-0125),  Jim Cunningham (765-585-7291),  Ed Grubb 765-793-3282),  Joan Fry (765-869-5406).



On April 21st Finny Filchak and Don Bodine planted approximately twenty hackberry trees through out the show grounds.  Hackberry trees are a very “hardy” shade tree with very few leaves that fall to the ground in the fall.  They were just starting to bud during Living History Day.  They are marked with green flags, so, watch where you step!



Sheppard diesels used a low-pressure injection pump that could be re-moved and installed in the field with just a screwdriver, pliers and crescent wrench.



The rains previous to Living History Day caused Chairperson Kenny Short to cancel the camping weekend.  Kenny said that he didn’t want to pull all the campers out of the mud!  But, there were some “die-hard” campers who were able to set up camp along the north driveway on the show grounds.  Tom Bastin and Jessie and John Byroad still had a good time needless of the cool and rainy weather.  Oh well, there’s always next year!






RING WORMS:  Apply rotten apples or pounded garlic. Or, rub them with the juice of house-leek.  Or, wash them with Hungary Water Camphorated.  Or, twice a day with oil of sweet almonds and oil of tartar mix.

Submitted by:  Mike Shoenhals



The next blacksmith group meeting will be at the Illiana Antique Power Assoc. show grounds near Rainsville, In.  If you need directions please call Ted Stout at 765-491-2194.  Bring your own tools, fuel, metal and food to share.  Greg Searcy will cook one of his famous pork tenderloins for the main course and the rest of us will fill in with pitch in food.  The agenda for the day is to have a good time, fellowship and forging for fun.  We can also concentrate on learning new techniques, making stuff for the upcoming IBA auction at the June Conference and make things for personal use.  Dan Michael will bring 50 pound bags of good quality Pocahontas coal for sale.  Be sure to bring items for iron in the hat.  This past Monday, May 2nd, Rob Durett, Peter Cooper, Dominick Andrisani, Brandon McCormick, K.J. Kronin and Ted Stout participated in the annual Illiana Living History Day for 4th graders.  The blacksmith shop was one of nearly 18 stations demonstrating early trades or early American living conditions.  We had a great time with about 320 kids participating from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  During clean-up one of our younger members said he is not interested in having kids in the near future!  Another member was so excited about wearing his new 1836 outfit, he forgot his tools of the trade!  Being compassionate blacksmiths, the rest of us made sure he had tools to perform his work.  Ted

Submitted by:  Ted Stout 



Gonna make it short and sweet this month.  Don Bodine did a lot of maintenance of way

and replaced about 80 ties, thanks Donnie.  We were blessed with good helpers for Living History Day which made things much easier for all involved.  Thanks go out to Anne Bodine, Don Bodine and Marty LaFoe.  Engineers Don Evans and John Young brought their trains and hauled the “Little Guys” all day.  We of course couldn’t do this without “Doc” Fontaine and his “Old Faithful” Trench Engine.  Once again, thanks to

all…..and remember,  “Always keep a close eye on the water!”  Finny

Submitted by:  Finny Filchak








        LIVING HISTORY DAY – MAY 2, 2011


There were rain drops falling as the 8th Annual Living History Day began.  Soon, though, the sun started peeking out but alas it didn’t stay long. The skies were over cast the rest of the day. Three buses from South East Fountain County arrived around 9:00 A.M.  followed by two from Benton County. (Prairie Crossing School and Special Ed. Students).  Then around 10:00 A.M. a third bus arrived from Boswell.  S.E. Fountain students brought their lunches and stayed the entire day.  Benton County students had to return to school for their lunch period.  In the afternoon, two buses from Attica arrived followed by one bus from Pine Village.  There were approximately 320 students that attended.  Dave and Tara Sims greeted the students and passed out the souvenir bags.  There was not any time schedule to follow so the students were able to visit the various stations at their own pace.


TRAIN STATION:  Dick Fontaine’s locomotive was steamed up and ready to go as was Don Evan’s and John Young’s.  Finny Filchak was dressed in his “Mr. Conductor” suit and was looking real “spiffy”.  When asked, “What time it was?”, he would pull out his pocket watch and reply, “Well, it’s 10:20!”  (The time never changed all day!)   Marty LaFoe kept the students from “rocking the cars” and “hands in” so that there weren’t any accidents.  Anne Bodine helped load and unload passengers and punched their souvenir tickets and gave a short “commercial” about our show in July.  Don Bodine engineered Dick’s engine later in the day. 


BLACKSMITH STATION:  The forges were fired up in the blacksmith building.  Ted Stout, K.J. Kronin, Dominick Andrisani and Brandon McCormick demonstrated their blacksmithing talents and had several items they’ve made on display.  Rob Durrett, dressed in his Lewis & Clark period costume, spoke of the importance of a blacksmith during the Lewis & Clark Expedition.  Peter Cooper had a nice display of wooden items he has made and demonstrated the art of a Cooper.  NOTE:  A Cooper is a person who makes or repairs casks, barrels, buckets, etc.


DULCIMER GROUP:  Donna Starry, Herb, Betty and Tom Pigman, Tom Eller, Julie Poor, Linda and Rich Jenkins and Harley (Tex) Wynn entertained the students with some lovely music.  Everyone joined in singing and clapping time with the music.


POST OFFICE STATION:  Bob Folk was in our newest building….the Marshfield Post Office.  Bob and Tom Swanson have just recently installed a new window and door in this building.  See Bob’s article for more details on this station.


QUILTERS COTTAGE:  Another new station this year was the Quilters.  Marsha Watkins, Connie McIntyre, Florence Krebs, Sophia Rosa, Beverly Stockdale, Marilyn Henrickson, Diana Lueck and Barb Specht helped the students hand sew a four-patch quilt block.  They reported that some of the boys did a better job than the girls!




SNACK STATION:  In “Deb’s Shed” Joan Fry and Pat Grubb passed out delicious bags of popcorn.  The popcorn was donated by Con Agra (Orville Redenbacker) of Brookston, In. and the bags were donated by Rural King of Monticello, In.


KATHY’S KITCHEN:  Kathy Olin and Jane Reavley mixed up batches of corn bread.  The students were served the corn bread with their choice of honey, maple syrup or butter.  YUM!


MILK HOUSE STATION:  On display in the milk house is a collection of cream separators, milk bottles, milk signs, etc. owned by Jim Cunningham.  Art Petty and Donna Lechlitner explained how to separate cream from milk using a cream separator.  They had the students shaking small jars of cream that eventually turned into butter.  The butter was then taken to Kathy’s Kitchen and used on the corn bread.


GARDENING STATION:  Marvin and Ruth Scott along with Ruth’s mother, planted pole beans, squash, corn and flowers.  They had the students digging and working the dirt readying the ground for the seeds and plants.  We should see the results by show time!


WASHING STATION:  Kenny Short and Ed Grubb demonstrated how clothes were washed on a washboard and in a Maytag wringer washer.  Clothes were hung on a wooden clothes rack to dry.  How’s that for “women’s lib” ladies?  (We should’ve had Loretta Lynn singing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in the background!)


STEAM ENGINE STATION:  Don Bodine with help from Terry Bodine had his Minneapolis traction engine fired up.  Don and Terry explained how the steam engine worked and the students viewed the fire in the firebox and blew the steam whistle.  Terry took over when Don went to run Dick’s locomotive later in the day.


ANTIQUE CAR STATION:  Another new station was the lovely display of antique  automobiles.  A 1922 Model “T” touring car owned by Mary and Russ Potter, a 1926 Huckster wagon (also a Model “T”) owned by their daughter and a 1923 Model “T” touring car owned by Dick Fontaine were viewed by the students.  The Huckster wagon was used to haul produce and various items for sale sold door to door to customers.  This one displayed bags of feed and even some chickens!  The touring cars were family vehicles used for “going to town”. 


SAWMILL STATION:  John Ohl operated the International Super M tractor owned by Owen Moudy that powered the sawmill.  Owen was operating the saw, Alan Moudy was turning the logs and John Dillman and Leon Helms were off bearing the lumber.  They were sawing sycamore logs into boards for a haymow floor for Art Petty.  The most asked questions were:  “What type of logs were they?” and “What were they going to be used for?”






John Carrell and Kenny Evans were grinding corn into corn meal and explaining the various uses of corn.  John and Jessie Byroad were also grinding corn, shelling corn and explaining the different gas engines that John brought on his “show trailer”.  Kenny Campfield demonstrated his gas powered pump jack.  He had water recycling into a bucket.  It was quite a unique display that the students found interesting.  Tom Bastin was busy producing miniature bales and explained about different grasses and the engine that ran the baler.


Deb Dillman covered the activities with her camera snapping pictures all day.  Wayburn Norfleet drove the students around the grounds in the Covered Wagon People Mover.  Ted Stout mixed together a batch of ham & beans in which Jim Manlief cooked and served for lunch.  Ruth Scott brought a crock-pot full of delicious chili and Carol Stout, Doris Manlief and Pam Evans made sandwiches and served lunch for all the hungry workers.  Joe Fry was a “Man of all trades”, filling in around the stations where help was needed.  Keith Saylor, Dick VanShepen and Lucille Young were among the helpers but,….sorry I’m not sure where they were located.  If by chance I have missed someone who worked and was not mentioned, I apologize, as it was not intentional.  After the last buses headed back to school at 2:00 P.M. clean up was soon under way with everyone pitching in.  We’d like to thank everyone who helped on the weekend to get the clubhouse and grounds ready, for all the help throughout the Living History Day and for all the help cleaning up.  We also want to thank the Quilter Ladies who “sewed their hearts out” making the souvenir bags….a real time consuming job!  But, most of all a BIG THANKS to Joan Fry and Dave Sims who organized the whole event!


NOTE:   Please bring a list of all expenses for Living History Day to the meeting even if you are donating these expenses.  We have to have a dollar figure if we are able to apply for a grant.


A great BIG THANKS to everyone who made this year’s Living History Day really special.  Dave, Tara and I cannot say enough words to thank everyone.  The day was just about perfect.  It didn’t rain.  Thanks to Pam….

she prayed for no rain!  The kids were wonderful this year!  We had several folks missing because of illness but we had some new folks to fill in who had never been to Living History Day before.  The “no schedule” schedule seemed to work but a specific lunch time is coming back.  The social time is as important for us as seeing the kids enjoy our stations.  We did approximately 320 kids according to the popcorn snacks.  You were all wonderful!  Thank you….thank you….thank you!!  Joan Fry










The Post Office had 20 Postmasters

One acting Post Master and one Officer in charge.

Our Post Office was given to the club by Laura Jane Morlan, the last Postmaster of Marshfield.  This building was originally built for Laura’s two girls in 1966 for a  playhouse by their Grandfather.  Later it became the Post Office.  We will be receiving some old equipment from the Post Office to be placed in the building.  The town of Marshfield in 1870 had a population of 150 people.  Marshfield had a Dry Goods Store, two Blacksmiths Shops, one Wagon & Carriage Maker, one Grocery Store, one Grocery & Dry Goods Store, one Hotel, the Post Office, a Notion Store, three Churches, one Warehouse, three Doctors and three Saloons.  The club thanks Laura for this building.

Submitted by:  Bob Folk



Hello from Tri-County Quilters!

We had our monthly meeting on the 26th with ten members present.  Diana demonstrated how to make a mountain block a new way.  We also made coasters to match the table runners we made last month.  Lunch was a brown bag, with Joan bringing brownies.  No, we didn’t eat the bag!   Our collection of items for our soldiers is growing.  I still need names and addresses, so please let me know.  (9142 E. 3rd Ave., Pine Village, In. 47975).

We took part in Living History Day for the first time.  What a day!  We taught anyone interested in making a four-patch quilt block.  Even many boys participated.  What Fun!

It surprised me how many said they had helped their grandmothers make blocks.  They asked if the block they made was theirs to take home.  Of course that was the idea.  One class was making Mother’s Day cards and they were putting their block in the card. 

Several teachers thanked us for giving our time and talent.  We all enjoyed it and even had youngsters lined up outside waiting to sew!  Hopefully next year the temperature will be up and we can put tables on the porch so no one will have to wait.  Marilyn, our member who owns a long-arm quilting machine has finished a quilt for the VA.  It is lovely.  She does excellent work.  We are excited about our trip to Arthur, Il. later this month.  With gas prices so high, we are trying to take only two cars.  This means someone may have to ride in the trunk!  If we voted on this, I’m sure I would win.  Some of our members would LOVE that!  I’ve received word that we are having a guest at our May meeting.  She is a friend of a member and may be interested in joining.  That means new fresh ideas….and, this is a good thing.  Barb didn’t bring her sewing machine so she had to iron.  Maybe someone should tell our guest what happens when you don’t come prepared!  “Still in Stitches”, Sophia

Submitted by:  Sophia Rosa







Well finally it’s May and I hope the weather is going to settle down.  We had a good weekend for Living History Day out on the grounds.   By my count, we had ten gas engines out for our show.  We would have had more if I had called Dick V…..sorry Dick, maybe next year.  For anyone who has not helped with this event, it’s as much fun for us as it is for the kids!  You may not be able to talk when it’s over, but, so what!  I’m not sure how many we had this year, but it seemed like a lot!  It was also nice to see the new stations.  Ruth’s garden should look nice by show time.  So, my thanks go out to all the new people who came out to help.  Now back to talk about engines.  I was thinking that it might be good to give some directions to people who would like to buy an engine.  I had this concern myself a few years back.  I had been around them for a long time but had never owned one.  So I started asking some friends what to look for.  “What kind, where to buy, who to buy from and how much to spend.”  All the guys had good tips and most said your first engine should be in running condition and hopefully on a cart.  You should also look for what’s considered a “common one”.  It makes getting help and parts easier if needed.  They also tend to cost less.  As to where to get one, look everywhere and talk to friends.  There are always engines for sale at the shows.  Swap meets and auctions are also a good place to find them.  I got mine from an ad on Smokstak.  (An internet site)   That’s a whole long story by itself!  It now lives with John B.  Now, for how much to spend: you should be able to find a good runner on a cart for $1000.00 or a little less.  If you are at a show, get one of the engine guys to look it over with you so that they can point out things you may not see.  It’s like any hobby, the more you know, the better it gets!  And, last but not least, a “plug” for a good show this month….get out to Steam Corner (Veedersburg, In.)….and come on Saturday for the best day.  It’s close for most members and, best of all, it’s free!  That’s it for now.  Thanks, Tom

Submitted by:  Tom Bastin    



Ludwig and Jan Groen’s grandson, Lane Groen, underwent Chairi Decompression surgery at Reilly Hospital on May 2nd.  Lane is seven years old and Jan reported he was doing very well after the operation.  Also on May 2nd Jan’s brother-in-law had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix.  Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for both of them.


Member Harold McDonald passed away on April 8th.  Harold was a long time member and father of Jim McDonald.  And, Tara Sims’ grandfather passed away shortly before Living History Day.  Our sympathy to both the McDonald and Sims families.