FULDA INDIANA 1995: The Working Men and Their Show! 150 YEARS

| March/April 1996

Rt. 2, Box 6, Slaton, Texas 79364

Fulda, Indiana, is named after Fulda, Germany. German immigrants founded the town with a landscape similar to Fulda, Germany. This landscape is the same as Ferdinand, Santa Claus, St. Meinard, Dale, Jasper, Haysville, Celestine, Schnellbille, and even French Lick, Indiana.

Fulda has a beautiful church on a hill similar to the church at Ferdinand. The town is off the main four-lane highway and thus it hasn't prospered in population, but has prospered in good people and hard work.

I came from Texas for this special event in Indiana. This was an event for me, because our branch of the Kitten family came from Ferdinand, Indiana. It was even more special because of friends there, especially Jackson and Ardella Meyer, and Francis and Julianna Lindauer.

The Lindauers own two Kitten engines, one Kitten separator, and just recently acquired one Kitten water wagon. Francis and his sons had the water wagon made to exact specifications, as was done by the Kitten Machine Works. The painting shows just what quality work they can do in Ferdinand.

Of course the Kitten equipment was used in the 150 year celebration and parade at Fulda. The parade took three hours and had entries from all of their neighboring towns, and was quite a sight to see. The only way to put on an antique show after that was to demonstrate the equipment working just like they used to, only a few years ago. Some of the people running the equipment used to run the same equipment for a living. It was easy to tell that, because the horses and wagons brought the bundles in early and quickly.