Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter

From the Seat of the President

by Dale Schwantes

Hello everyone, and hello summer. For some time there, I did not think that winter wanted to end.

Spring also took it’s time with warming up, with it being wet and, and wet and cold. I am not complaining though, summer will soon be here.

Speaking of warming up, the Wednesday crew boys are in full swing with the projects that they are working on. Their big project at this time is moving the grain binder shed/garage to it’s new location. It will become the garage for the Economy display group. The concrete pad for the foundation and floor is poured and waiting for the blocks to be laid in place. The blocks will be used to raise the building up enough to accommodate a garage door. The Economy group will complete the project by painting and installing their signs and other paraphernalia. The permanent location is on the corner of Power King Lane and Hefty Drive.

The main attraction for this year's feature is Cockshutt. Russ and Denise Sponem have been extremely busy with the preparations. This is a National show that DCAPC is hosting, and many high class items will be on display. Russ and Denise are expecting many items from throughout the states and Canada. So let's show the Cockshutt collectors a warm welcome and the respect that the DCAPC members have to give.

This year we will not have a raffle tractor or engine. This year the Sponems and Wayne Bubholz, co-chairs of the raffle, have gotten a gulf cart, a peddle tractor and two toy tractors for the raffle items. The gulf cart will be painted a Cockshutt red scheme. Currently the cart is not completed yet, so the peddle tractor is being used at the locations for selling raffle tickets. This may be a good experiment. In the past, several people who were buying tickets only wanted the peddle tractor anyway. We are looking for others to take the raffle to other shows and sell tickets. Marion Reisetter, long time raffle selling master, is stepping down from taking the raffles to the shows and selling tickets. The peddle tractor is light enough to pick up and put in your vehicle to take to shows. Once the golf cart is complete, it will be secured to the trailer for your convenience. If you are planning on a get away to another show, please consider taking the raffle with you and selling some tickets. Contact Jim Richardson to set up any shows that you are interested in going to and he will take care of the tickets and cash box and anything that you may need. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Time is flying by and with only two months left before show time, there is still plenty of work that needs to be completed. The Wednesday crew cannot possibly do everything that needs to be done. Jim Richardson has a list of items that are in need of finishing. It is extremely important that the chair people get their areas ready to go for the show. You can work at the grounds on any day. Weekdays or weekends, any time and which ever you please. Take charge of your area. Contact the board or any board member with any questions or concerns that need attention. So please take some initiative and do your best for your club.

Please note the events that are on the calendar. 

Jim Zahn drove the train at the Dairy Brunch

Tony Schwantes driving the "people hauler"

Breakfast goers enjoyed the tractor displays
The June Dairy Brunch was held on the 22nd with a new location at the Ted Peters farm on Hwy. 60, approximately ½ mile east from the corners of Hwy. 60 and Hwy 67. 
Jim Zahn at the Dairy Brunch
We are shared a joint venture/fundraiser with Ballweg Imp. in Beaver Dam on June 28th
We were asked to have a display at the B.D. location and also have a brat fry like we have had in the past. 

Jam N Juneau (formally Juneau August fest) July 18, 19, and 20. Please contact Sue Bintzler (920)979-0536. Each event will need display items, and ticket sellers for the raffle. You can call Dale Schwantes at (920)210-6744. Your participation is very much needed.

The feature for 2015 is Massy Ferguson / Massy Harris with the vintage garden tractors. The Massey feature will be a state show with the vintage garden tractors as a national show. We are in need of a chair or co-chair to represent this feature. Please contact Dale Schwantes or any board member to get involved.

This is your club, and you have made this club what it is today! Please continue to support Dodge County Antique Power Club, and see you at the show.

Respectfully submitted, 
Dale Schwantes, Club President


Hello all. 

Well I think we can say that winter is finally gone.  It has been one very long winter and I don’t know about you but I am really enjoying the warm weather.  The time is really flying and we are just a little more than a month away from our show.  Denise and Russ Sponum have been working very hard at making this one of the best shows ever.  They have people coming from all over the world, including the grandson of the founder of Cockhutt. We have music planned for Saturday and Sunday.  We will be having the traditional tractor pulls on Saturday and back by popular demand, the garden tractor pulls on Sunday.   It is going to be an awesome show.  There are lots of things to do to prepare for this and all help is welcome.  I can’t wait to see everyone again.  It is a wonderful time to catch up on what you have been doing throughout the year and have fun helping the club make it the success it is today.   Well good bye for now and I hope to see everyone in August at the show.  If you have any ideas to improve what the board is doing or any new ideas to bring in more people, please feel free to contact me at any time.  My number is 920-979-0536.  I also have a new address, 122 S Milwaukee St Apt 2 Theresa, WI 53091.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Respectfully yours,
Sue Bintzler Secretary, DCACP
122S Milwaukee St Apt #2
Theresa, WI  53091


What a surprise!  We just counted 5 Wednesdays until the show.  As you may, or may not, know a number of the Wednesday workers have had health issues this year along with a cold winter and a wet spring all combined to leave the show grounds with a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time.  The board is expecting to have a large show of Cockshutt equipment and much of it will be arriving up to a week early.  It would be nice to have our grounds looking good for our Canadian and out of state visitors.  If you can spare some time between now and the show to help get ready, please call Jim Richardson at 920-319-1773.  He has a job list and keys if you need them.  The more hands, the easier the work.  Your help will be appreciated.

The Board

Antique Jewelry
Vintage Clothing (including shoes, purses, hats)
Demonstrations throughout the day
If you have a collection of antique jewelry or vintage clothing you would like to share in our display, please call Michelle at (920)386-2565 to make arrangements for pick-up or delivery. We purchased a locked curio cabinet (thanks to Denise Sponem for finding it!) so that we can comfortably display precious items like antique jewelry under lock and key. 

German Potato Salad (for a crowd) 
16 lb. red potatoes, cooked in skins, cooled and sliced
2 cups diced celery
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped

2 lb. bacon, chopped, browned and 3/4 cup drippings saved
1 1/3 cup flour
4 cups sugar
2 2/3 cups vinegar
5 1/2 cups water
Heat drippings adding flour; bring to a boil. Add sugar, vinegar and water. Boil until thickened, stirring constantly over medium heat.

To potatoes add celery, onions, red and green peppers. Pour dressing over all. Make a day ahead. Refrigerate. Heat in Nesco roaster before serving.
- from the kitchen of Ely

Published in the DCAPC Cook Book available in the Schoolhouse for just $3 or call Michelle to get your copy! 

Would you like to share your recipe here? Send to Michelle Zahn W6378 State Road 26 or email to Juneau, WI 53039 

From the Rooftop :
Our barn at its original location
Our barn frame after the walls were removed

In March, the Barn Committee took a field trip to Wiota to check out the donated barn frame we plan on relocating to the show grounds.  “Old Wood, New Use” from Blue River, is donating the crane and manpower to disassemble the barn onto our trailer. If all goes well, a few committee members will haul back the loaded trailer in the next few weeks.

After the barn is safely stored away from the elements, the site will be surveyed. We have created drawings for possible barn layout, window and door placements, as well as future additions such as a milk house and silo. Quotes for the foundation are still being sought.  

Going forward, the committee needs to focus on fund raising for this huge project. Any and all ideas would be appreciated, and can be presented to Bill Madison at 920-319-2105.

Respectfully submitted,
Diane Schaact, Dairy Display Committee

Once again Harlow Stork arranged for a tractor parade to the Ponderosa in Beaver Dam

Harlow Stork drives the "people hauler" for the May 9th – 11th  Horicon Historical Event

May 9th – 11th   Horicon Historical Event
  • July 18th, 19th 20th Jam N Juneau – Juneau City Park.  
    The club sells concessions.  Help is appreciated!
  • July 27th 1:00 pm   Boards of Directors Meeting at grounds
  • August 4th – 9th  All  day    Ground cleanup!  Free lunch served for all workers on Monday. Help is needed!
  • August 10th 1:00 pm     Board Meeting at the grounds (show complaints/compliments)
  • August 9th–16th  Girls Scout Event at grounds
  • September  Sorghum Fest – Fall River – Displays Needed-Great for Kids
  • September 14th  11:00 am   Board of Directors Meeting at the grounds   1:00 pm   Workers Party for all workers that have helped throughout  the Year and anyone who has helped the club in any way!
  • September 28th 8:00 am   Old Time Gathering at the Fair grounds Help is needed to sell raffle tickets and put on small display

Every Wednesday is a work day at the Show Grounds. Help is always appreciated to keep our grounds looking nice and updated. If you can't make it out to the grounds we have a list of take-home projects as well. Call Jim Richardson (920)319-1773 or Les McCullough (920) 324 0916 to find out more about what you can do to be a part of things!

Wish List
Looking for a wooden silo
Still accepting batteries and scrap iron donations
Need volunteers interested in developing displays of our many historical farm and factory items.  Please contact Jim Richardson at 920-319-1773

Monday, February 10, 2014

Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

From the Seat of the President

by Dale Schwantes
Greetings and Happy New Year everyone,

The Holidays have come and gone, but it feels like Jack Frost is here to stay for awhile. With the snow and cold hanging around, why not sit back and reflect on the events that have taken place this past year? Many club functions have taken place. Judging by the smiles on many faces, they were very enjoyable. Now looking ahead to this years events, I look forward to seeing more happy people enjoying their hobbies. After all, isn’t that why we play around with our old stuff, explaining what it is or how it works or what it does? Please continue to make the best of your hobby and to enjoy yourselves. I believe that is why I am constantly looking forward to the events that are ahead of us and I hope you feel the same way. 

During our banquet, held in October, the names were drawn for our annual raffle prizes. This year’s winning recipients for third prize were Max Tolzman, for second, Ben Schaefer, and for first, the hit and miss engine, is Jill Achterberg. 

Upon receiving the engine, Jill was quite thrilled. Jill said that is just what she wanted. I told her that she needs to bring it back next year to our show to display and run it. It turns out, that was already being planned. Looks like we have some more people hooked on this hobby. Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing you and your family at this year’s show. 

The annual membership meeting was held in November with several committee reports given. Numerous projects are in progress, but the two biggest are the 120 X 120 steel building, and our new (old) dairy display (barn). There was much discussion by those in attendance about both projects. In the end it was agreed upon by the majority to split them into two separate projects with each having its own committee. The committees have been assigned to determine the costs for excavation, concrete, erection, etc. If you are interested in serving on the committee of either of these projects, please contact Jim Richardson (920)319-1773 120 x 120 steel building or Bill Madison (920)319-6839 dairy display.

Positions up for election to the board of directors this year were Darryl Pollesch, Bill Bremer and Sue Bintzler with each accepting nominations. Also accepting nominations were Darryl Wuenne, Jim Breselow and Matt Feucht. The winning board members this year are Bill Bremer, Sue Bintzler and, newly elected, is Jim Breselow. Thank you to Darryl Wuenne and Matt Fuecht for running for the board and also Thank You to Darryl Pollesch for your many years of dedication and service. Also, Jim Zahn will replace Marion Reisetter as our new vise president. All other officers will remain the same.

The toy show was a grand success. Many came to shop.

All toy show photos courtesy of Harlow Stork

The toy show was a huge success again this year, even with other toy shows having taken place on the same weekend. Surprisingly, there were several new vendors that appeared at the show. The Waupun FFA and alumni served food and helped with set up and take down of the tables and chairs. Thank you!

President Dale is shopping, too!

Matt greets visitors

Russ and Denise man the table for a while

Success and enjoyment was had by all. On the down side, a gentleman became dizzy and fell backwards hitting his head on the floor. An ambulance came and took him to the hospital. It was later reported that he was doing better. Many thanks to everyone who contributed their time and effort in making this a success, and to Sue Bintzler and Les McCullough for co-chairing this event.

So much to see!

Waupun FFA members are ready to feed you!

For this year’s Annual Steam Show we are featuring the National Cockshutt Show and its line of products. The feature chairs are Russ and Denise Sponem. They have been working on this project for several years now and they certainly have been doing an awesome job of it. Numerous collectors from throughout the United States and Canada are expected to be coming to the show, possibly including Mr. Cockshutt himself! New this year to the raffle is a golf cart which was purchased by Wayne Bubolz. Wayne will paint the cart in the Cockshutt color scheme and it will be the First Prize featured in our raffle. Second and third prizes are to be determined by Wayne and Russ.

We are currently seeking chairpersons to represent the feature for 2015. These features are Massey and Vintage Garden Tractors. DCAPC has hosted the vintage garden tractors in the past and we have had a very good turn out with them. If you are either a Massey or Vintage Garden tractor enthusiast (or both)please let me know. We need to start getting organized for the event, and we certainly will work with you on preparations. Please consider stepping up to the plate and helping us out with our future events.

The club has been asked to set up engines and displays, possibly demonstrating them for the Horicon Living History Days May 9th through 11th. The event will be held at the Saterlee Clark house (museum) and Discher Park. We were also asked to bring a tractor and a people hauler to give rides for the visitors to the park and museum. This event has been going on for several years and now they have asked us to be apart of it so, if you would like to show what you have, and have fun at the same time, please contact me, Dale Schwantes (920)210-6744.

We have scheduled a full load of activities for this year. Please see the attached calendar of events. Don’t miss out on the Ponderosa Ride scheduled in May. If you are looking for a good time you can meet by the saw mill at the grounds. Harlow Stork will be leading the ride from our club grounds to the Ponderosa in Beaver Dam. A people wagon will also be used for anyone that would rather ride than drive. So be there with a healthy appetite and enjoy the ride. You can contact Harlow Stork at (920)728-3139.

Many great things are happening at our club. Please do not miss out. Be a part of it. 
Respectfully submitted,
Dale Schwantes
Club President


Happy 2014 to everyone.

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the warmth inside is delightful, as I sit here writing this article, the weather outside is -24, with horrendous wind chills.  It makes me shiver just thinking about it but I know this will only last for a short time and pretty soon we will be talking about the warmth and the sun and the tractor show.  I want to thank everyone for the warm wishes as I again underwent surgery on my throat in November.  This was all due to complications from my first surgery from the year before.  I am slowly recovering but it is going to take me a long time to recover from this one.  I had lots of complications from this surgery also.  Along with the New Year, we have new beginnings and new starts.  I want to inform you that I have moved.  I am now living i n the village of Theresa. I will enclose my new address at the bottom of this article if you need to send me anything.  My phone number is the same.  Okay, enough about me. 

I want to thank everyone who helped me with the toy show his year. Special thanks to Les and the FFA for getting the school set up.  Thank you to everyone who came on Friday to help with set up.  Without your help the toy show could never have been the success it was.  

I want to thank everyone for the hard work that went into 2013.  We had an awesome year!  KUDOS! This is an exciting club to be a part of and truly a great hobby to be a part of.  We have added a new board member to our team. Jim Breselow is our newest member and we want to send him a very warm welcome! If you see him, stop and say hi and feel free to give him or any board member any ideas that you may have for improving our club.  I am so excited about getting to see all of you again this year and as well as I am so excited about all the events happening in the club. 

Please contact me if you have a questions, concerns or problems with the newsletter, events, website, or if you just want to chat. I am always willing to listen.  

I can’t wait to see you all again!
Respectfully yours,
Sue Bintzler Secretary, DCACP
122S Milwaukee St Apt #2
Theresa, WI  53091

Club History
as recorded by Bob Frank

In the summer of 1969, the Wisconsin Antique Engine Club, which had been showing at the Dodge County Fairgrounds for several years, announced they were moving.  As quite a few of the local people had become addicted to showing their engines and equipment, this was quite a disappointment.   

Twelve people from the Beaver Dam area met during July and August of 1969.  After several preliminary meetings, a charter was set up by an attorney who donated his time.  On August 5 a charter meeting was held to officially organize.  The charter name of the club was “Dodge County Antique and Power Show”. There were to be 7 directors, with no more than 2 from outside the county.  The annual meeting was to be held each November.

Original charter officers were: President, Jack Rhodes Sr.; Vice President, Don Frank; Secretary, Robert Frank; and Treasurer Bill Lanzendorf.  Charter Directors were Lee Wanie, Oscar Frank, and Carl Messer.
At this meeting a list of people who might be interested in the club was compiled.  Cards were sent out to them; also an ad was placed in the newspaper and on radio.  A meeting was held at the Hotel Rogers Springbrook Room on August 19th 1969 where 14 annual memberships were entered and 5 lifetime memberships were issued.  This brought total charter membership up to thirty-eight.

The first show was held on September 13 and 14, 1969 on the Don Frank farm.  Bob Frank’s garage served as the food stand and also provided water and electricity.  The adjoining Kowbow farm was used for parking.  All these facilities were donated.  The show was very successful, even though small by today’s standards.

As is always the case, experience showed a need for several changes.  At the annual meeting on November 12, 1972, two changes were made to the charter.  The club’s name was changed to “Dodge County Antique Power Club, Inc.” as it remains today.  Also the number of directors was increased from 7 to 9, with up to 3 from outside the county.  This is still the current board.  Another change that exists today is the move of the show to the first weekend in August.  This was done in an attempt to get away from the usually rainy weekend after Labor Day, and has been fairly successful.

Our 1969 show, as mentioned, was on the Frank farm.  Space needs prompted a move to the John Schoenfeld land across from Sunset Hills in 1970.  This land was also given to us rent free, until it was sold in 1974.  At that time we moved to the Dodge County Fairgrounds where we stayed until we purchased our own land at Burnett Corners.
Past Presidents were:
Jack Rhodes Sr., 1969 to 1970
Lee Wanie, 1971 to 1975
Bob Steinhorst, 1976 to 1983 
Jerry Neuman, 1984 to 1986
Henry Sillman, 1987 to 1992 
Dick Kraemer, 1993 to 2001
Darrell Pollesch, 2002 to 2007
Jim Zahn , 2008 to 2010
Dale Schwantes, 2011 to present.


The annual toy show had good weather this year.  With most of the bills paid, we made over twelve hundred dollars.  Thanks to all who helped with the show by donating time, talent, labor, equipment and fuel to make the show a success.  It takes a lot of people to put on a simple two day show.  Also, a big thank you to the Waupun FFA for all their help with setup and cleanup for the show.  The trains and farm displays drew much attention from young and old alike.  Another great show to end the year.

In another area, the Dairy Display Committee completed the inventory of our collection and also the expenditures the club made towards our goal.  The results were submitted to the grant committee and we have received a check in the amount of eight thousand dollars.  We are now ready for the next phase of the project – fund raising to complete site prep for a barn.
Respectfully submitted,
Jim Richardson
DCAPC Treasurer

Antique Jewelry
Vintage Clothing (including shoes, purses, hats)
Demonstrations throughout the day
If you have a collection of antique jewelry or vintage clothing you would like to share in our display, please call Michelle at (920)386-2565 to make arrangements for pick-up or delivery.We purchased a locked curio cabinet (thanks to Denise Sponem for finding it!) so that we can comfortably display precious items like antique jewelry under lock and key. 

Our auction this past year was the best yet, raising over $2000 for the benefit of the club. We thank everyone who donated items for our auction and everyone who bid on items for sale. Our winners went home with beautiful handmade quilts, table runners, pillows, soaps, a lovely hand made wooden jewelry box, hand crocheted doilies, ornaments, woolen comforters and more. If you haven’t visited the schoolhouse yet, please make time to come see us next year when we will have our fourth annual silent auction which runs throughout the entire weekend. Winners are announced on Sunday afternoon. You need not be present to win!

The Women’s Committee would like to know what kind of demonstrations you would like to see during our annual show. If you have an idea for something interesting to see, please email Michelle at and let her know about it!

Dinner in a Pumpkin 
1 small to medium pumpkin
1 (14 oz.) can mushrooms, drained
1 medium onion  
2 T oil
1 can cream of chicken soup 
2 T soy sauce
1 1/2 c. cooked rice 
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 (8oz.) can sliced water chestnuts
2 T brown sugar    

Cut off top of pumpkin: clean out pulp and seeds. In a skillet saute’ onion until tender. Add meat and brown. Drain. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms and soup. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cooked rice and chestnuts. Spoon into “cleaned” pumpkin shell. Replace top of pumpkin and put on baking sheet. Bake 1 hour at 350° (until meat of pumpkin is tender). Take out of oven. Remove lid of pumpkin and serve. For vegetable, scoop out some pumpkin filling. Be sure pumpkin fits in oven before starting. 
- from the kitchen of Deb Baerwald 

Published in the DCAPC Cook Book available in the Schoolhouse for just $3 or call Michelle to get your copy! 

Would you like to share your recipe here? Send to Michelle Zahn W6378 State Road 26 or email to Juneau, WI 53039 

From the Rooftop :

The Dairy Display Committee looked at 2 possible ideas. One is a steel structure ( 120’x120’ ) the club purchased several years ago. It needs sheet metal and concrete. Another is a choice of several donated barns. It was decided to proceed with both projects at a general meeting. Thus the Dairy Display Committee turned into 2 committees, the second being the Museum Committee taking on the steel structure.

The Dairy Display Committee is chaired by Bill Madison. We have accepted a donated barn from the Darlington, WI area. Each beam will be labeled, dismantled and loaded into our truck. All labor, crane service and trucking has been donated. Stakes have been put in the ground where the least amount of excavating will be needed. Site planning is also donated. The Grounds Committee needs to approve the site. A second barn and milk house is also available just a mile north of us. We are considering this for lumber to help rebuild the first barn. We are hoping to include in the lower level walls 4 different types; poured concrete, stone, concrete block and wood. The lower level of the barn will have a drive/walk through with displays on both sides. More work will be done when the weather is more spring-like.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let Bill Madison know at 920-319-2105. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

Dairy Display Committee Member, Jim Zahn
• Board Meeting @ Club Grounds (9 -Mar  2014 1:00pm)
• Historical Event @ Horicon (9- 11 May 2014)

Every Wednesday is a work day at the Show Grounds. Help is always appreciated to keep our grounds looking nice and updated. If you can't make it out to the grounds we have a list of take-home projects as well. Call Jim Richardson (920)319-1773 or Les McCullough (920) 324 0916 to find out more about what you can do to be a part of things!

Wish List
Looking for a wooden silo
Still accepting batteries and scrap iron donations
Need volunteers interested in developing displays of our many historical farm and factory items.  Please contact Jim Richardson at 920-319-1773