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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, August 20, 1974 LEFT Orval Johnson of Brodenck, Sask prepares to start his Aultman Taylor steamer Story by RIC SWIHART LANGDON What weighs pounds has a 28 horse power boiler and is capable of churning out 80 horse power on a system of belts and pulleys'7 If you guessed a 1916 George White steam engine, you're right This Canadian built steam engine and three other units were the focus of attention at Pioneer Acres Plowmen and Threshermen's Club annual antique farm machinery display here It was hard to tell if the 75 club members, who were strutting their machines and e npment, or the people, who paid each to watch the machines operating, were having the most fun Nobody walked away disappointed George Dunlap, 73, an employee of The Pionera Exhibition in Saskatoon and Mick Smeltzer of Ogema, Sask typified the enthusiasm of the club members, all of whom consider the two day Pioneer Acres a type of family reunion Their reasoning is all members are in the club simply to restore antique machinery to running order and to have as much fun as possible while operating and comparing the masterpieces Glen Crandall of Ponoka is the owner of the George White and although he isn't a member, club president Doug Hartley of Calgary holds high hopes this will be accomplished Glen bought his George White from the original owner at Spirit River in 1962 "And the old fellow died before I could get the machine off his said Glen Some bystanders commented the old fellow probably died when he finally decided to let the huge machine go That is the kind of feeling all members hold for their hobby Steam engines were last used in Southern Alberta in about 1928 for the traditional threshing bees But the memories of such events were fresh on the minds of many visitors and members COVER PHOTOGRAPH Roland Vandewert of Hardisty (left) and Harry Tate of Mannville inspect a scale model steam engine built by John Kvill of New Norway ;