OCTOBER 2008                                    ISSUE 10



The next meeting of the Illiana Antique Power Association will be on Monday, October 20, 2008 at the home of Tom and Carolyn Swanson.  A carry-in dinner will begin at 6:30 P.M. so please bring a dish to pass.  The Swanson’s address is: 272 N.  State Road 55, Attica, Indiana.  Their home is approximately 1-1/2 miles north on Sr.  Rd.  55 from Hwy 41, on the west side of the road; or, 1-1/2 miles south of the Big Pine Golf Course on St.  Rd.  55.  Look for a long white house among a grove of trees.  Members will be treated to view Tom’s Christmas Village and miniature buildings that he has built and Carolyn has decorated.  Since Tom has retired, his hobby has been building exact replicas of local area buildings.  One of his buildings was displayed at our show last July in the club house.  His talent for details is amazing.  If you missed last year’s meeting at Tom and Carolyn’s, this is your chance to view this wonderful display!  Tom also has a show case filled with Minneapolis tractor memorabilia, a collection of Roy Rogers items, old farm threshing pictures, old post cards and a really old map of Indiana that is hanging along the walls.  You won’t want to miss this!!  SEE YOU THERE!



The Directors elected the following officers; President, Tom Swanson

                                                                        1st Vice President, Ed Grubb

                                                                        2nd Vice President, Alan Stutler

                                                                        Sec-Treas., Doris Manlief



We would like to thank everyone who attended our camping week-end.  We had a good turn out with some gorgeous fall weather.  Extra thanks to Jim and Doris Manlief who “cooked up” some terrific vegetable soup Saturday evening.  Everyone gathered around the huge camp fire and enjoyed toasted mashmallows and gooey “s’mores”.   We look forward to doing it again.  Maybe we can set something up to camp along with History Day.  We will look into this later. 

Thanks again,    Kenny and Kim Short



Our annual Fun Day was held a little earlier this year to coincide with our camping weekend.  We couldn’t have ordered a more beautiful day!  The weather was perfect and we had a good attendance of members and friends.  The Bodines brought their cider press and a crate of apples from Covington’s Coffing Bros. Orchard.  Jim Lawhorn supplied several bushels of pears to mix along with the apples.  Everyone pitched in to help press and soon the cider was flowing and cups and jugs were filled.  Hope everyone had a jug or two to take home with was delicious!!  A big carry-in dinner was enjoyed by all.  Again, we have to mention that our club has some of the best cooks around!  The food was outstanding!  Don Bodine had his steam engine “fired up” for rides around the grounds.  This year, Clayton Bodine proudly showed off his table full of miniature engines.  The railroad group, along with Don Evans’s new engine and cars, had several engines running and the cars were full of riders enjoying the trip through the loops around the grounds.  In the late afternoon, everyone help with clean up.  Soon it was “hugs, waves and happy faces”.  All that was left were members “breaking camp”.  Thanks to all..........

It sure was a FUN DAY!



The black smithing group met at the new building on Saturday September 13th.  We had a few sprinkles in the morning, but it turned into a beautiful day after lunch with lots of wind.  Nevertheless, we had 15 members and did some serious black smithing.  Greg Searcy cooked a whole tenderloin and we had a pitch in dinner in the Illiana club house.  We appreciate the facilities.  The group has been very busy this month with demonstrators at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, the Gaithers Gospel studios in Alexandria, the Potowatami Festival in Attica and the Trail of Courage Festival near Rochester.  Several members attended a large conference of blacksmiths in Troy, Ohio.  Our October 11th meeting will be at Fowler Park in Terre Haute to help that satellite group celebrate the opening of their new building.

Submitted by: Ted Stout



The Pine Creek and Western Railroad is having a “Fall Steam-Up” on Saturday, October 18th with several engines scheduled to run.  The day will start at 8:00 A.M. with crews giving the track a quick once-over followed by a short meeting of the “railroad guys”.  Then it’s time to have fun with the trains!  Each member is responsible for his own food and drink and is encouraged to bring along anyone who may be interested, especially engine owners.  Test facilities will be on hand for any needed boiler testing.  Illiana club members and guests are, of course, welcome.   

See you then, Finny Filchak



We are happy to announce three new members to the club: James Fawbush, Covington, In., Donald Lancaster, Covington, In.  and Doug Ransom, West Lafayette, In.  WELCOME!!






We have lost two long time members last month.  Gene Miller and Ed Foster both passed away in September.  Also, Doris Manlief’s brother passed away August 25th.  Our condolences to all

their families.



               TO ALL !!