On a drizzily April Sunday afternoon and evening 130 members and guests of the Illiana Steam and Hobby Club met to pop off the winter's steam at the Pine Village School which is near the Illinois line. For the many who had not seen each other all winter, the meeting was a glad reunion. Everyone was happy to see Jim Roberts, wife and daughter, of McClean, I11., and Donald Ostermeier and Elvin Fishburn of Biffalo, I11., near Springfield. After admiring each other's hobbies during the afternoon a bountiful supper was served by the Methodist Church in the school dining room.
Music was provided by three teen girls. Dr. A. C. Shuman, Lafayette, amazed everyone with his magic tricks. For those who cared to stay more steam movies were shown by Lloyd Frazier, Otterbein.
At the business meeting in the afternoon, the following officers were elected: President, Leonard Mann, Otterbein; Vice-President, Carter Dalton, Ambia; Sec.-Treas., Glenn J. Brutus, Pine Village.
Steam articles exhibited were: a model Nichols & Shepard engine and model mill engine one-fifth in. scale, by Carter Dalton, Ambia; in model locomotive will get up to 100 lb. of steam and pull 7 adults by Otto Klutzke, Lafayette; model stationary engine by Ezra Coats, Templeton; contractor's blue print for 110 Case used in 1912 by Glenn Brutus, Pine Village; 5 chime home-made steam whistle, Rex Johnson, Terre Haute; Cretor pop corn engine and a model upright, Leonard Mann, Otterbein; model water pump, Charles Dilden, Dayton, Ind.; 2 model steam engines, Charles Jakes, Lafayette.
On exhibition featured three models of different types of covered bridges with photographs and pictures of covered bridges taken all over the U. S. and Canada by Dr. and Mrs. George Gould, Lafayette. They also showed an interesting collection of buttons featuring insects.
Another display was four frames of stamps which had trains on them, frames of Christmas seals from 1907 to date, trains and engines on Indiana postcards, and cacheted covers with engines on them about 1900. Mrs. Rex Johnson, Terre Haute, showed these along with a rug and a quilt made of ribbons, an afghan, and a beautiful red shawl made of curtain material with yarn run through it. Francis Cobb also showed stamps.
Mrs. C. C. Johnson, Attica, showed two cases of dolls made and dressed in the costumes of other countries and a collection of miniatures, even to a pair of dressed fleas.
Another attractive exhibit was shown by F. I. Merritt, Lafayette, whose hobby is raising plants. He had potted pines, and clumps of flowers surrounding a pool with rocks and goldfish in it. A model Conestoga wagon drawn by a team of eight carved wooden horses in a setting of other carvings of animals was done by James Hooker, Pine Village.
Donald Ostermeier, Buffalo, I11., showed a model of a patented jump gate which was made by his father in 1909. Mrs. Eva Tullis, Lafayette, showed map handkerchiefs and oil and water paintings. All kinds of old Americana were displayed by Elmer Bowman, Oxford, even to a noodle cutter. Mrs. Laura Minninger, Lafayette, had braided and hooked rugs and eight frames of buttons sorted as to political, state seals, ec.
Stuffed toys were shown by Miss Amy Johnson, Attica, and arrowheads were exhibited by Miss Louella Westring, Attica, and Mrs. Leonard Mann.
Very ancient phonographs were shown by Ernest Cox and Glen Roberts, Lafayette. Antique dishes and plates were exhibited by Mrs. Reed Greenberg, Ambia, Mrs. Margaret Goddard and Mrs. Josephine Pearce, Pine. Village.
Mrs. Al Trook, Lafayette, showed how pictures of old locomotives could be used on everything from glasses and cups to scarf's, hankies and stationery. Charles Jakes, Lafayette, had a beautiful exhibit of wood turning made into all kinds of articles and using woods from all over the world. A collection of iron primitive toys was shown by Mr. and Mrs. Dale Moore, Crawfordsville. Movies of model live steam locomotives on their tracks were shown by Al Trook who has the third longest track in the U.S. located south of Lafayette, Indiana.
A letter and photographs were received from Fred McPhail in the hospital at London, Ontario, Canada saying that he was improving each day. In conclusion, the greetings of this Club go out to the steam fans all over the States and Canada. It won't be long till the first outside meeting when we can all see each other again.