R.R. #2, Box 178, Arcola, Illinois 61910
During the early 'growing years of our children, Rick and Pam, my husband, Fred, and I would take them to every steam show within 250 miles of our home. We always found wholesome, good family fun and enjoyment while making new friends both young and old. Fred and I have always believed that the associations our children made during these outings helped in their development and character. Now both Rick and Pam are grown and are of invaluable assistance in the organization, planning and development of the annual Douglas County Historical Steam Festival held at our home near Arcola.
The Nolans do not get away to steam shows as often as we once did before the enormous task of holding the annual Festival; however, we did attend several shows this year. Our youngest, Jennifer, is now five years old, and we spent a day in August at the Skinner Farm Museum Steam and Gas Show near Perrysville, Indiana. It was a delightful day and I would like to tell you about some of the things Jennifer liked the best. The house such a big spacious home. It was a temptation not to run through the rooms. It was built in 1844 and was moved three miles to its present location. A lot of hard work has gone into the home. The log cabins were a real treat too. Stuffed animals (including a bear) and a lady making a rug were just some of the things we saw. Outside, the big steam engines were passed by (for today) while Jennifer took to the many nice models at the show which she thought was 'Just my size, Mom!' We stopped long enough to say 'hi' to our friend, Joby Spencer, who was blacksmithing and then on to the ice cream stand and to see an old friend, Wilma Byrd, who was helping at the stand.
We stopped for a short time at the sawmill and then to the area where the Civil War Enactment was being held. The group put on a good show both educational and fun to watch. Jennifer and I took some pictures and hope you will enjoy them. We are already planning to go back next year. It is a real credit to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Skinner and the other folks who help to put on such a fine event. We appreciate it.