| July/August 1956



Otterbein, Indiana

Seventy-two steam, enthusiasts met Sunday afternoon, April 29, 1953 at Mudlavia Hotel in Warren County, not too far from the county seat, Williamsport, and the banks of the Wabash River. The day was cold and raw but steam kept everyone warm. During the afternoon registration was in charge of Mrs. Leonard Mann and Mrs. Glen Brutus. The men registered on one page, naming their engines, and the women registered on another page, naming their hobbies.

Three Monon Railroad films, in sound and color, were shown through the courtesy of Ernest Cox, Monon passenger engineer from Lafayette to Chicago.

Tours were made to the mud bath rooms. The humus decomposed vegetation at Mudlavia is found nowhere else in the world. It has been saturated for thousands of years with water from the lithia springs, containing soda, potash, magnesia and lithua, forming, a substance which has brought relief to many thousands. The mud is heated by steam, and after it is used once it is discarded and never used again.

A bountiful chicken supper was served at tables decorated with miniature black and gold Purdue University Boilermaker steam locomotives.