October 3-4-5, 2003 the Society met in Monticello for their annual convention. The Brandywine Hotel served as Convention Headquarters and the staff went "above and beyond" the call of duty to make the Society members staying and attending the convention feel right at home. A hearty "thank you" goes out to the staff of the hotel.
The convention included a bus tour of the Chicago And Wabash Valley Railroad and parts of the First Subdivision from Hammond to Rose Lawn. From all accounts, those who attended the bus tour were pleased and throughly enjoyed the day. There was also a group taking in the sites of Delphi, Indiana and they had a marvelous time too. Mahlon "Cookie" Eberhard entertained those in attendance at the banquet. His stories about his years on the railroad entertained all in attendance. Several people showed slides after the banquet and they were enjoyed by those in attendance.
Sunday the Swap Meet brought in many people. According to official figures, the swap meet was successful from both an attendance and financial point of view. Montford Switzer conducted a clinic on building accurate rolling stock and Tom Kepshire gave a clinic on chasing down old right of ways and how not to run into trouble while doing it. A modeling contest and photo contest were held and the winners are:
1. Brad Grounds, Bloomfield
2. Bob Schultz, Crown Point
3. Chad Boas, Lafayette
1. Chad Boas, Lafayette
2. Jim Felland, Santa Barbara, Calif.
1. Bob Schultz, Crown Point
2. Steve Potrzebowski, Westville
PHOTOS - Black and
1. Bob Thompson, Munster
2. Tom Kepshire, South Bend
3. Tom Kepshire, South Bend
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