A LOOK AT LIFE LONG AGO
Onekama Students Enjoy Old Engine
Club Education Day
On September 12, 2012, the fifth grade students of
Onekama School had the opportunity to step back in time,
thanks to the Western Michigan Old Engine Club’s annual
Education Day event in Scottville.
The Western Michigan Old Engine Club is dedicated to the
restoration, preservation and education of old engines
large and small. The club has over 200 members from all
walks of life and of all ages. Each year the club
conducts an annual Youth Education Day where it invites
the fifth and grade classes of area schools to the show
grounds to learn about machinery and processes used in
the early days of America's growth.
At the event, the students received a grounds map and a
list of questions they could ask the volunteers at each
of the stations. These were working displays, and many
of them provided the children with the opportunity to
actively participate in the experience.
The students observed activities such as the use of
crosscut tools, rope making, sawmill in production,
threshing and baling straw, cooking on a wood stove,
making apple cider, grinding various grains and
producing flour, quilting, basket weaving, and many more
displays. In all, there were more than 50 different
areas of interest represented.
During the lunch hour, Great Lakes Energy also provided
a “Safety with Electricity” program.
“I thought it was fun getting to try the crosscut saw
and chopping wood with an ax,” commented Onekama fifth
grader Kolin Cook.
Added student Dalron Gray, “The sawmill was really neat.
We watched a giant log go through the mill with a
circular saw, an edger, a planer, and a sticker, and the
machines turned the logs into boards. It was loud, but
It was a full day, and the Onekama students enjoyed the
hands-on features of the event, as well as the
opportunity to witness what daily life was like in our
area many years ago.