Alton, Illinois - Fall Meet 2007

Hosted by - Hazel & Jim Wade with Daphne & Fred Sumner

Pictures by: Frank Hantak


Link to a slide show on the Midwest Fall Meet, tag this -


The Fall Meet had about 42 people attending from 8 states
with a total of 9 Franklins



Alton, Illinois welcomed the Midwest Region of the Franklin Club

The 3 rivers are beautiful as they come together

They even have a place to give a way you dollars!

A wonderful bridge from Illinois to Missouri

Two rivers coming together, you can see the color change in the water

Four lanes from the river are the high banks of the river

Four lanes from the river are the high banks of the river

Four lanes highway from the river are the high banks of the river

You can find many interesting "things" along the river side

You can find many interesting "things" along the river side

In the town of Grafto, the Ruebel Hotel is right on the river.

A long the river you find many interesting "Things"

A long the river you find many interesting "Things"

Jim and Hazel put together this picture display of past Midwest Region meets and members

Sandy must have found something very interesting, we can only guess who what it is!

Our President "Trying" to be a cowboy!

Stopping to see a oil can collection a long with many other items
This one of those pictures that could have been take in the 1930s
Midwest Region member ready for the musuem tour

Huber is the owner

Some of the many cans and bottles

Some of the many cans and bottles

Some of the many other items on display

One of the many other items on display

Do you remember when the service man would fill the water in your battery?

No oil in a can, one turn of the hand gave you one quart of oil.

Hard to find Mobil clock

Hot Rod!

Interesting view of an early Packard (water cooled) 12 (twin 6)

Interesting view of an early Packard (water cooled) 12 (twin 6)

Interesting view of an early Packard (water cooled) 12 (twin 6)"Air ride cylinders

1935 Packard (water cooled)

Mayor Sandy Bennett driving your webmaster around

Left to right, Betty Bennett and Garnet Hantak trying to tell the 2 men in the front seat how to drive!
Well, I mean trying to tell them how to get to where the tour is going.

The Mayor parks any place he wants, he doesn't understand this isn't Baldwin, PA

Good looking Franklin if that thing wasn't in the way.

The story of Robert Pershing Wadlow the worlds talls man 8'11.1"

Robert Pershing Wadlow the worlds talls man 8'11.1"

Garnet sitting in Robert Pershing Wadlow the worlds talls man 8'11.1"chair

Group picture of members on the tour

The Franklin Lion

What is this?

1931 "Brid" - "Spirit of Flight" - been called many things

1927 Series 11B Tandem Sport

1925 Series 11A Coupe

Bob O'Malley's 1925 Series 11A Coupe

Bob O'Malley's 1925 Series 11A Coupe

Bob O'Malley's 1925 Series 11A Coupe

Bob O'Malley's 1925 Series 11A Coupe

Bob O'Malley's 1925 Series 11A Coupe

Inside of Sandt Bennett's 1927 Series 11B Tandem Sport

The yellow and black line is on the main runway at the local airport

A view out the Franklin window!

Yes, we were on the taxiway of the airport

Operation Manager gave the group of the rebuilding plane (they rebuild aircraft inside and out)

Franklins lined up

After the tour

Jim Wade's 1929 Series 130 Coupe

Bob O'Malley's 1925 Series 11A Coupe

Dan Rhoades owns this 1930 Series 145 Sedan

Tom Kidd's new 1931 Series 153 Sedan (Tom just picked it up from Alex Marshall)

1926 Series 11A Sedan of Glen Pykiet

Sandy Bennett's 1927 Series 11B Tandem Sport

Gary Edwards 1930 Series 145 Sedan - all new paint and looking great!

Lee Nelson's 1931 Series 151 Coupe

This guy is following us, guess he doesn't need water!

This guy is following us, guess he doesn't need water!

The sign tells the story

The young lady to the right was giving us a tour of Lewis and Clark's camp

Lewis and Clark's camp

Lewis and Clark's camp

Read this closely

The dash on Sandy's Franklin

Lewis and Clark towers, not open yet but the Midwest Region received a tour to the top.

Lewis and Clark towers, looking down from 50 feet (watch the flag)

Lewis and Clark towers, looking down from 100 feet (watch the flag)

Lewis and Clark towers, looking out 150 feet to St. Louis
too bad all the wires are there.

Lewis and Clark towers, looking down at 150 feet (watch the flag)

Lewis and Clark towers, looking outat 150 feet

Lewis and Clark towers, looking down from 150 feet the flag again

Lewis and Clark towers flag, this time looking up at it.

Lewis and Clark towers and Jim Wades Franklin

Lewis and Clark towers and Dan Rhoades Franklin

Here is where the two rivers come together, top of the screen is the muddy Mississippi, lower part of the screen is the Missouri

Here is where the two rivers come together, top of the screen is the muddy Mississippi, lower part of the screen is the Missouri
(Note top left of the screen, a bird coming in after a fish!)

Check out the stars on the left flag

What a great tour!

Tim, Jim Wades son-in-law shows Franklin members how he operates his hot air balloon



Just north of Jerseyville, Ill you will find Col. Fulkerson Farm

Col. William Fulkerson -

A few of the guns in the Col. Fulkerson home

Our Docent with the gun she likes the best (Don't mess with her!)

A very old long rifle with a rotating barrel

Some of the many toys in the Fulkerson Mansion

A very old trike

Case farm tractor that runs!

Case farm tractor that runs!

This barn is from 186, they plan on restoring it

Closer look at the barn

Top of the Fulkerson Mansion



Dinner Saturday night

Dinner Saturday nigh, everyone received a gift

Dinner Saturday night

Dinner Saturday night

Mr. President with a short meeting

Mr. President and the First Lady

Hazel and Jim pulling numbers for all the gifts

Most of the Region members at dinner

Some interesting pictures

Some interesting pictures

Some interesting pictures

Some interesting pictures

Some interesting pictures

Some interesting pictures

Some interesting pictures

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