TSGS Cruiser Blog

Saturday, September 5, 2009

More Photo Contest Winners - Just For Fun!


More Photo Contest Winners...
From the Frog Follies last weekend. I had nothing for today's blog; so, just for fun, I decided to show more winners for the TSGS Photo Contest. Click on each photo for larger, clearer image.

Best Photo of a Car in Motion: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier

Runner-Up ~ Best Hood Ornament: goes to John G. West (This is the same car as the one above!)

Best Blue: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier

Below is a close-up of the car above - photo by Linda L. Young-Niemeier

Runner-Ups ~ Best Blue: goes to John G. West (Darker & lighter blues)

Best Night Cruiser: goes to John G. West (Note rear wheel covers & lite up "Mercury" on front bumper - it is also on rear bumper.)

Another view of car above.

Best Truck with Best Color(s): goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier

Best Engine/Best Orange: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier

Same car as above with photo taken at night by John G. West.

Best Illusion: goes to John G. West Looks like no front wheels... this is same car as above!

Best Pick-up Truck: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier

Best Photo of an Un-Finished Car: goes to John G. West

Graphic on rear trunk of the car above - photo by John G. West

Friday, September 4, 2009


For most of us, vacation time is over and it is back to work and school. July & August seem to be very busy months for genealogists to get out and do research in courthouses, walk cemeteries, visit libraries where their ancestors lived, etc. Traditionally, since attendance to these summer meetings were so small, TSGS decided not to meet during those two months. Now, it is September and TSGS is back to having regular scheduled monthly meetings. Our meetings are scheduled for 7:30PM the second Tuesday night of each month (except July & August) - in lieu of a regular meeting in December, we have an informal social night at the library with refreshments and good genealogical fellowship (research secrets are shared & more!).

Our fiscal year begins on July first with our first meeting in September. The second Tuesday this year is on the 8th. - this coming Tuesday night at Willard Library in the Special Collections Department on the second floor. Note that this is the next day after Labor Day.

Members have asked for workshops to be presented more often instead of having just speakers at nearly every meeting. Mary Lou Bevers, our Program Chair, has come up with several workshop/discussion groups for this quarter of meetings to see how they will work out. This month's meeting will feature: "Basics & Beyond" - Mary Lou Bevers with Discussion Groups: "German Research" - Karin Kirsch OR "Cemetery & Funeral Homes" - Connie Conrad. The attendees at the meeting will get to choose one of the two discussion groups of most interest to each person. We will try three meetings and hope it is well received.

Also our HELP sessions have changed a little from being a mini-program or discussion group to being an Individual Research Assistance for members that could use some help getting around "brick walls" or that may be new to research. That session is at 6:30 PM in The Bayard Room that is located on the second floor of Willard Library.

We hope to see you there.

Willard Library - Second Floor
08 Sep 2009
6:30 PM Individual Research Assistance (Bring your information)
7:30 PM Regular Monthly Meeting
"Basics & Beyond" - Mary Lou Bevers
Discussion Groups: "German Research" - Karin Kirsch
OR "Cemetery & Funeral Homes" - Connie Conrad

John G. West, TSGS President

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tombstone Thursday - Harrison

Believed to be the oldest tombstone in Oak Hill Cemetery...
It was probably moved there from the old cemetery in downtown Evansville.

In Memory of
Who Departed this Life
11 day of July 1818
in the 20th year of her
- Photo taken & submitted by Brenda Joyce Jerome. Photographed 30 August 2009.
[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's


Frog Follies Photos...
Here they are - the winners in the first-ever TSGS Cruiser Blog Photo Contest! Ended up with seven categories (could have had as many as 10 more!). These are the best for each category in my humble opinion. It was very hard to pick the best of some really great photos of some super antique vehicles. Be sure to click on the photos to get a larger image.

Best Past Frog Follies Photo: goes to Don Counts. This was my favorite! See it in yesterday's TSGS Cruiser Blog

Best Color: goes to Christopher Myers. As Chris stated, the camera did not give the color justice!

Best Touring Car: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier

Best Interaction of Car & Admirer: goes to Tom Goodman. Tom's Grandson Camron "is was all smiles sitting in the car!"

Here is a full view of Camron's car. The full view is also a winner!
Best Engine: goes to John G. West. "I really liked this "true hot rod!"

Most Unusual Vehicle: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier. This is a neat mini-bus!

Front view of the above mini-bus taken at night by John G. West.

Best Flames: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier. Flames cut-out of the metal hood cover... very hot!

Best Hood Ornament: goes to Linda L. Young-Niemeier. There were many cool hood ornaments submitted... this was the best photo.

Thanks to everyone that participated in this photo contest!
John G. West, TSGS President

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Nikki Ervin Featured in National Magazine - 1994"


Frog Follies 1993... first TSGS Cruiser Blog Photo Contest Winner - 2009

Little 5-year-old Nikki Ervin, as the 1993 Easter Seals Representative, was featured in a story in the January 1994 edition of Street Rodder magazine, page 41. Nikki is shown in the top two photos on the page in the magazine (second picture below). As always, click on photos to get a larger image. This photo of the page inside Street Rodder is my favorite for the TSGS Cruiser Frog Follies Photo Contest! This one plus some others will be the blog for tomorrow for the photo contest. It is going to be a hard task selecting about 6 more photos from the great ones submitted so far... and more will be coming in!

The Eville Iron & Street Rod Club sponsors the annual Frog Follies Antique Car Show at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center. And 2009 is its 35th. Anniversary! As in this photo story back in 1993, the proceeds go to several local charities of which Easter Seals is the largest. Nikki is seen in her wheel chair with a group from the street rod club in the very top picture. in the second picture, Nikki is in the driver seat of a hot rod that is her size - a minature of the full-sized one just behind it.

Nikki is the adopted daughter of Don & Betty Counts.
- Magazine pictures submitted by Don Counts.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday


Albert M. Bishea...
26-year Vanderburgh County Agriculture Extension Agent

The Vanderburgh County 4-H Center on US Highway 41 North is dedicated to youth in his honor. He was the Extension Agent from 1940 until his retirement in 1967.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Bishea was serving on the Burdette Park Board. The Board named one of the park's rental buildings (Shelter House) after him known as the Bishea Building (or the Bishea Shelter House).

According to the Browning Genealogy Database , Albert M. Bishea died 1n 1975 at the age of 74. He became the Agriculture Advisor on WGBF radio right up to within a week of his death. A graduate of Purdue University, he was born in Ripley County, Indiana. He was a past president of the Evansville Downtown Kiwanis Club.
- Photos taken & submitted by JGWest

Sunday, August 30, 2009

"A Day to Reflect"


Very Bad news was announced yesterday... after 53 years in Evansville, the Whirlpool Plant is shipping their refrigerator production to Mexico by June 2010 affecting 1,100 to 1,400 employees.

I have nothing else for today's blog, so I thought I would just share some photos from the Frog Follies to let us reflect on a lighter side of life. The event features over 5,000 street rods from everywhere. It is sponsored by the Eville Iron & Street Rod Club and this is the 35th. Annual event. Evansville hosts one of the largest of these shows! It becomes a giant invasion of the city's motels, restuarants & streets. It is difficult to go far without seeing one cruising along or parked somewhere. The first photo was taken at Willard Library (we stopped in to return some books on our way to see the street rods at the 4-H Center). Note the car parked next to my 2007 Pontiac Vibe. The license plate reads "N2 RODDN." Click on the images to get a larger image.

There are lots of stuffed frogs, signs & other items in the shape or form of frogs at the Frog Follies! Check out the sign in front.

This is one of hundreds of cool hood ornaments.

All of the rest of the photos emphasize the huge array of colors!

This last one is a very bright pink for the Cure of Breast Cancer. It is a Studebaker Champion. Evansville once had a Studebaker production line.

- Photos taken & submitted by JGWest