KID STUFF CONTINUES INTO ADULTHOOD FOR JIM MONAGHAN

Foden Steam Truck

Jim's brother Tom, at right, aboard a 1924 Foden steam truck.

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As a child of the 1950's, Jim Monaghan boarded on the Clarence Michel family farm in northern Michigan, which was near the Leonard Clous property. One of the young boy's favorite pastimes between the hard labors of farm work was to see and hear the old machines and marvel at their strength and simple complexity.

Today, as Jim promotes his sixth Antique Engine Show at his brother Tom's Domino's Farms, he regularly commiserates with his former neighbor, Leonard Clous. Clous, now the show chairman of the Northern Michigan Steam and Threshers Club, is the chief promoter and entrepreneur for the largest steam and gas show in the state, held late every summer in Buckley, Michigan. Among antique engine fanciers, the Buckley Show is the hallmark of good showmanship.

Such camaraderie and cooperation are typical of the folks who collect and exhibit such historic memorabilia as steam traction engines. Their enthusiasm knows an integrity matching only the magnificent products they restore and exhibit.

Incidentally, when Jim Monaghan visited the Buckley Show in 1987, he was reunited with many old friends and neighbors including the Michels who Jim remembers as 'the nicest family I ever stayed with.'