Kelly Duplex Mill No. 2, owned & restored by Steve and Bill Thomas, 401 Westmore Dr., Evansville, IN.
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!