Southern Indiana Antique & Machinery SPRING THAW OUT


| April/May 1989

  • Kelly Duplex owned by Steve
    Kelly Duplex Mill No. 2, owned & restored by Steve and Bill Thomas, 401 Westmore Dr., Evansville, IN.
  • 2 HP Arco Engine
    2 HP Arco with Lunkenheimer mixer owned by Darrell Kleiman, RR#2, Elberfeld, IN.
  • 1917 Moline Cultivating Tractor
    1917 Moline Cultivating Tractor owned by Kenneth Durell, 610 Copperline Rd., Mt. Vernon, IN. One of his 6.
  • 1946 Allis Chalmers
    1946 Allis Chalmers & owned & restored by Robert Armstrong, 24 W. Michigan St., Evansville, IN.
    Steve W. Deutsch
  • Grinder Corning
    Grinder Corning with a 1 HP Belgian Draft horse, owned by Ralph Buck, Oakland City, IN.
    Steve W. Deutsch
  • 1910 5 HP Keller
    1910 5 HP Keller owned by Roy McDaniel and Keith Oxley, Chandler, IN.
    Steve W. Deutsch
  • Engine trailer
    Engine trailer of Gerald & Glenda Sprinkle, 608 S. Main St., Fort Branch, IN. All photos from S.I.A.M. Thaw Out.
    Steve W. Deutsch
  • A view of the engine area
    A view of the engine area at SIAM's Thaw-Out '88.
    Steve W. Deutsch
  • 19 HP Keck Gonnerman
    19 HP Keck Gonnerman, owned by charter member John Steinkuhl, 1214 Second Ave., Evansville, IN.
    Steve W. Deutsch

  • Kelly Duplex owned by Steve
  • 2 HP Arco Engine
  • 1917 Moline Cultivating Tractor
  • 1946 Allis Chalmers
  • Grinder Corning
  • 1910 5 HP Keller
  • Engine trailer
  • A view of the engine area
  • 19 HP Keck Gonnerman

5316 Daniel Ave.Evansville, Indiana 47712

Photos by Steve W. Deutsch

7500 Mesker Park Dr. Evansville, Indiana 47712

Kelly Duplex, Moline, Keck Gonnerman, Port Huron, Belgian Clop! Clop! 'Melon Special', 'Bang!' 'Puff!', SIAM. Wait a minute, has this writer gone crazy? Not really! I am recalling the #2 Kelly Duplex burr mill owned by the Bill Thomas family or the Moline cultivating tractor owned by Kenneth Durrel. I also remember a Keck Gonnerman traction engine owned by John Steinkuhl and do not forget the fine Belgian draft horses that were grinding corn, owned by Ralph Buck. There were rows of painstakingly restored gas engines showing proof of their owners pride and attention to detail. Robert Armstrong's 1946 Allis Chalmers 'G' Melon Special looked as if it had just been delivered and was ready to start cultivating our delicious Southern Indiana watermelons.



These are just a few of the many sights at Southern Indiana Antique and Machinery Club's 'THAW OUT '88'. An estimated 7,500 people enjoyed the many interesting exhibits, working displays, as well as plenty of good food and drink. Over 240 gas engines, 60 antique tractors, 2 steam traction engines, 3 stationary steam engines, 50 antique cars, and 100 flea market vendors shared space on the shady 170 acre 4-H grounds.

We wish to thank all our exhibitors, friends, and members who worked so hard to help SIAM bring the past alive for a few short days. Our 10th Anniversary Show will be held June 9-11th, 1989. We will also celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Hercules Gas Engine Company of Evansville, Indiana. We will feature Hercules-made engines, memorabilia, original sales literature, and interviews with former employees. This will be the largest display of Hercules-made engines ever assembled! Come! Join us! Relive the past!



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