Antique Machinery Club

By Staff
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Maytag Upright display owned by Steve Elpers of Haubstadt, IN.
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Model maker Bert Kuebler (with pipe) of Evansville, IN
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Emerson-Brantingham also owned by Karch
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1937 A JD with saw, owner Steve Deutsch, Evansville
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1 HP Rock Island, 1915 or 1916, owner Kenneth Wolf
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Foos owned by Glenn Karch of Haubstadt, IN
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1913 2 HP Racine Sattley, owner Buford Conover
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Kenneth Wolf's HP New Holland 'Housewife's Engine'


5316 Daniel Ave., Evansville, IN 47712, and Steve Deutsch, 7500
Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, IN 47712. Photos by Steve

Spring Thaw Out! When I read these words, special thoughts come
to mind. Snow melting into a flowing stream, crocus pushing up
through the moist earth, the sound of spring’s first robin. In
southern Indiana these wonders of nature seem to be overshadowed!
Why, you ask?

Because, it’s time for S.I.A.M.’s Annual Spring
Thaw-Out! S.I.A.M., I must explain, are the initials of Southern
Indiana’s Antique and Machinery Club (est. 1979), a nonprofit
organization dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of
antique Americana.

Our 4th annual show and swap meet was held at the 4-H Center in
Evansville, Indiana on June 13 and 14, 1987 in conjunction with
T.O.T.A.C. (The Old Time Automobile Club).

An estimated 6,000 people enjoyed the many interesting exhibits,
working displays, as well as plenty of good food and drink.

Over 140 gas engines, fifty antique tractors, three steam
traction engines three stationary steam engines, seventy-five
antique cars, and over 100 flea market vendors shared space on the
shady 170 acre 4-H grounds.

Mike Thomas and Mike Zeller demonstrated their wood planer which
complemented the sawmill. John Stock’s Baker Fan was kept busy
as the steam engines and tractors tuned up.

The aroma of fresh cut cedar and catalpa permeated the area
around the club-owned horizontal shingle mill as Ron Korff
demonstrated the fine art of cutting shingles.

Our show chairman, C. J. Sauer, showed his talent with hammer
and tongs as he kept the sparks flying at the blacksmith shop,
while Burt Kuebler proved that, yes, his tiny model gas and steam
engines really do run. All of this plus a six-hour antique auction,
a car trophy show, and a toy tractor show provided something for
everyone’s taste.

I can’t think of a better way to start the year! If our
tastes concur, come join us for S.I.A.M. Thaw-Out ’88, to be
held on June 11 and 12, 1988. It promises to be even bigger and

We wish to thank all our exhibitors and members who worked so
hard to bring the past alive for our spectators. See you next

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