Sublette holds car show

A 1923 Wills Sainte Clair A-68 Roadster was one of the unique vehicles to be seen at the Sublette Car Show on Sept. 17. The vehicle is owned by Edward and Ida Hausgen of Elsberry, Mo. (Photo contributed)

SUBLETTE – Despite rain almost all day, the Sublette Car Show still drew some unique cars on Sept. 17. The total number of cars was about 50. There was a nice showing of Hudsons as the Chicago-Milwaukee Hudson Club held a meet in conjunction with the show.

Hudson autos have had a long connection with Sublette. In the 1920s, the Central Garage in Sublette was a Hudson dealer. Also, after World War II, L.J. Stephenitch of Sublette had the Hudson dealership in Mendota for a short time and Nick Kellen, a Sublette native, had the Hudson agency in Dixon.

There were also a number of Kaiser and Frazer autos along with numerous other makes.

Attendees came from various locations in Illinois as well as from neighboring states.


Antique Power Days will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mendota Hills Campground, three miles northwest of Sublette on U.S. 52.

Organizers are looking for vendors, exhibitors, large and small steam, gas and garden tractors, farm implements, crafts, antiques and produce.

If you have a hit and miss engine, an old car you love or something unique that you think people haven’t seen before, this is the show for you. All things barn fresh, rust covered or restored are welcome.

For more information, contact Cindy at 815-764-9228.


Area residents are invited to a Sublette Comprehensive Planning Session to be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Ellice Dinges Center.

The topic of discussion will be “Building a Better Community Together.” The session is planned to formulate development plans for a new comprehensive plan. The land use plan is based on the community’s internal strengths and weaknesses, and its external opportunities and threats.

The resident/visitor survey recently completed will also be reviewed at the meeting.