NOVEMBER 2008                                 ISSUE 11


There are no scheduled meetings for the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.

In November or December.  The next meeting will be January 19, 2009.

A reminder will be sent to you in the January newsletter.


Thank-you Tom & Carolyn Swanson.........

Pumpkins and corn stalks, black cats and witches greeted the members of the Illiana Antique Power Assoc.  at the October meeting held at Tom and Carolyn Swanson’s lovely country home.

The tables were decorated in orange and black and loaded with food for the carry-in dinner.  A

brief meeting was held; then Tom announced it was “PARTY TIME!”  It was time to transfer from “Fall’s Halloween” to the amazing fantasy land created by Tom and decorated by Carolyn in their basement.  Pretty white lights decorated through out the miniature buildings.  You felt like “Alice in Wonderland”, walking through the magic doors!  It’s hard to describe all the details of the many displays....rows and rows of fascinating miniatures.  This year, Tom has added a new grouping of buildings.  Horse Mule Market, Livery Stable, Blacksmith Shop, Grocery Store, all with John F.  Judy’s name painted on the buildings.  A tribute to the town of Judyville.  But, the master piece is a replica of the Mudlavia Health Resort that made Attica famous!  Still, the tour didn’t stop there....there’s a fantastic show case that is full of Minneapolis tractor items, a collection of Roy Roger’s items, old post cards, farm threshing pictures and an old map of Indiana hanging along the walls.  Just before leaving, Carolyn brought out a book she and the family had printed as a surprise for Tom.  In it there’s a picture of each display along with it’s description.  A real treasure to pass along to the next generation!  Again, a BIG THANK YOU to Tom and Carolyn for sharing their hobby and talents with us.  (Hope we get invited back again next year.)



NOVEMBER 8TH MEETING: The group met a Ted’s shop for a day of forging outside, seven forges were fired up with a crew working at each one.  For a chilly day, we had a good turnout with sixteen present.  Two new people signed up to join the club.  We also had activity inside the shop where it was a lot warmer!  Several neat things were made; Greg Searcy made a throwing axe.  Carol prepared a good meal of homemade chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and cherry cobbler.  After that, with the cold air, everyone wanted to take a nap, but Carol kicked us out and we had to go back to work.  Our next meeting will be a pitch-in Christmas lunch on December 13th with the family members invited.  Then on January 10th we will host a joint meeting with the Wabash Valley Blacksmiths and the Rural Smiths of Mid-America.  This will be a large meeting with Dellen Blantan as feature demonstrator.  Anyone interested in black smithing are welcome to attend.  Dellen has most of the tools shown in the “Mercer Museum” book.  The black smithing community lost one of our best Saturday, November 8th.  Tom Clark of Potosi, Missouri passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Tom is the business man that I bought my power hammer from.  He will be greatly missed by us and the black smithing community.

Submitted by: Ted Stout




The Pine Creek & Western Railroaders held a “Steam-Up” on October 18th which was well attended and much enjoyed by those present.  A total of twelve, including members and family, attended and everyone had a good time playing with the “Big Boy Toys”.  There were six locomotives shining the rails including new member Don Evans’ beautiful Electrics, Doc’s “Old Faithful” trench engine, Charlie’s Mogul and Little Mack, Tim Sering’s gorgeous American, (totally hand crafted by Tim) and my little Crab which, believe it or not, ran all day under the throttle hand of my son Matt.  Members performed boiler testing as needed, ran track maintenance, mowed grass and gave the Yard Shack a thorough, much needed, cleaning.  A short business meeting was held to discuss future plans, then a quick bite to eat and back to railroadin’.  I hope we can have more of these get together’s.....they sure are fun!  Hope to see more of you at the next one.

Submitted by: Finny Filchak



Club member Jim Fain’s grandson, who is also Larry Sturgeon’s nephew, passed away this November.  Our condolences go out to the families.



The Holiday season is fast approaching.  We’d like to wish everyone a safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a prosperous NEW YEAR in 2009!  We look forward to composing the monthly newsletter.....anyone who would like to contribute an article, have an item for sale, volunteer some local “news”, etc.  please forward to Anne Bodine.  Phone: 765-294-2768 or E-mail:          The info needs to get to me by the first week of the month.               HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!   -   The Bodine’s



Yearly dues were due at show time.  Send payment to Doris Manlief at: 3618 Donna Dr., Lafayette, In.  47905.  This will be your last newsletter if your dues are not paid for the year.








                 DECEMBER 6, 2008

                    DINNER AT 6:30 P.M. - BRING A DISH TO PASS

                                DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED








The railroad guys have redesigned the train board this year, so it doesn’t take up quite as much space in the shed.  The layout has two levels in a “L” shape.  The gauges of track are:  HO, American Flyer’s “S”, Lionel’s “O” and the old Standard

gauge which was popular in the 1920's and 30's.  Everyone is welcome to bring trains of these gauges from home to run.   See you there!!