Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Marvelous old machines of the past must be saved Alex Koliaska of Lethbridge owns these two threshing machines. These antiques draw comments from many travellers on Highway 5 south of the city. They could draw comments from thousands of tourists if preserved in a Lethbridge Pioneer Museum. Pioneer museum lies across land Checks old hay derrick Richard Bradshaw of Magrath looks over a hay rig he used to operate many years ago. This pioneer rancher knows all about derricks, 'bullrakes, overshot hay derricks and other marvelous inventions of the past. But young people don't know too much about our won-jderful pioneers and the way they worked. Does anyone know anything about a Corcoran direct stroke wind mill with wooden vanes? How about a single-geared wind mill? They pumped a lot of water in the old days but are mostly forgotten now. By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor Lethbridge has a golden opportunity to preserve some of its genuine "sweat and blood" history. It has to be done now. Ten or twenty years from now will be too late. ' Andy Andrews, general manager of the Lethbridge and District Exhibition, favors the idea. So do many pioneer ranchers and farmers of the south but, sadly, . .their numbers are growing fewer each year. Regina has one. It's called Pioneer Park. Calgary has one. It's called Heritage Park. There are a couple on the Southern Trans - Provincial Highway between here and the west coast. Sam Steele Days evolved around the one near Cranbrook. Is southern Alberta interested? In short, it's time to gather up all the old outdoor machines and rigs and put them together in a park. Hay derricks, overshot hay derricks, kick-rakes, bullrakes, threshing machines, tractors, everything and anything tcfo big to go into the Sir Alexander Gait Museum and too good to leave rusting in the fields should, be collected for a Lethbridge park. And we could use some of that land out at the exhibition to put it all together. "GREAT IDEA" "I bought an old hay rake myself for five dollars the other day," says Andy Andrews. "I think it's a great idea." "After I'm gone, this stuff will, just get pushed over the hill," says retired rancher Max Bradshaw of Lethbridge. His brother Richard Bradshaw of Magrath got so enthused with the old hay rigs he took out paper and pencil and drew pictures of how the different. machines worked. Special rnces on for the week-end with freight charges prepaid to i your station $45.00 We are carrying the largest stock of team harness in Southern Alberta, made of good Oak Tanned Leather and it will pay !?,,^ you to get our prices before buying.. *I Also if&ggS large stock of trunks and suit' cases, jack-knives, tents and sporting goods.. *Ilf you don't buy from us we both lose money. $30.00 < Manufacturers oF Horse Furnishings* Trunks and Suit Cases, Leather Belt*. ing and Tents, Head* quarters for Sporting .Goods.' $65.00 Phone 764 The Alberta Saddlery Co., Ltd. P.O.BoxlOljS Does anybody know hoiv to harness a team? Oldtimers depended on their mighty Percherons, Clydesdales and other work horses to turn, over the land, harvest, and pull big digging rigs to build the first southern Alberta irrigation systems. One man could drive many, many teams, hitched with equalizers, when digging canals. Shouldn't these harnesses and rigs be preserved in a pioneer museum? D'ARCY: RICKARD photos Alex Koliaska of the Lethbridge area has two threshing machines of 1936 vintage or older. These are sitting in his field south of Lethbridge. "I would sell one right away," says Mr. Koliaska. "The other I would possibly save for parts. It's just full of valuable shafts." The oldest one is a Massey, the other a McCormack-Deer-ing. Mr. Koliaska also has a John Deere tractor of 1928-1934 vintage. And there's lots of older machines than these around. It will take a little effort to find them. But it could turn into a wonderful project. We don't have to start from scratch. Jack Elliott, curator of the Sir Alexander Gait Museum here in Lethbridge, has some big rigs on his hands right now. This stuff is too big for the museum and stands outside in sheds. Mr. Elliott, specialist in the fur trade period and prehistoric Indians, says "an attempt should be made to preserve farm machinery - at least one representative type of each classification. "Let's take tractors as an example. If there is one particular model that played a big part in the regional history of the area, I think an attempt should be made to preserve one example." Mr. Elliott says these machines could be stored in the museum area as part of an outdoor display "because we would have the museum for a restoration area." This plan would fit in well with plans now in the works by the city's parks and recreation department. On the other hand, a large building at the exhibition grounds could prove to be ideal. "It takes such a huge building to house these machines," says Mr. Elliott. Can the nation support another museum of this type? SOD-BUSTING PLOW The Gait museum owns wagons, an old boiler believed to be out of one of the first fire engines in these parts, a hay rake, bobsleds, an old sod-busting plow made of oak, and lots of wagon wheels. The museum owns the CPR Chevrolet car that was fitted out with rail wheels and doodlebugged its way all over the south. George Watson, driving force behind the museum, says lots of wonderful machines are available. "We can buy a big old steam engine tomorrow but we've got no place to put it," he said. Mr. Watson says that if a Lethbridge Pioneer Museum is built, it should be placed, not out at the exhibition grounds, but near the Sir Alexander , Gait Museum. . Service to Fordson Tractor Owners the heider 12-20 Kerosene tractor A'four wheel, four cylinder, three plow Kerosene.* Tractor with .a variation of speeds to suit farm or i toad work. In tending purchasers' remember this-^j .There is no standard of rating Gas Tractors and' a ' manufacturer ,ca,n use any rating to fit the occasion? but you can't make a "Draft Horse'' out of a Jark^ Rabbit with a name/and Harness. It'.lakes a motor to .get power. The He.ider js equipped with a Waukesha! A]/i by 6^$ motor.',. Compare .specifications . and. prices and you will'Duy a Heider.. ' ' ' ForSalt/By MART McMAHON A beauty! The Ford garage 1232 Third Ave. S., Lethbridge, in March, 1919, held a school of instruction in the mechanical construction, operation and maintenance of the Fordson tractor, above. Isn't it a beauty? C. C. McCreery, manager, and H. E. Meibach, proprietor, said in their advertisement, "We think you will appreciate the desirability of this plan as well as the necessity for some such instruction." Then- ads said, "When the seeding or harvesting season is on, , every hour counts . . . Every farmer knows that the Ford Dealer is not far away and that .the same satisfactory service offered the Ford Car Owner applies also in the case of the Fordson tractor. 1 /V Kerosene tractor During its endurance run back in 1917 this Lauson 15-25 Kerosene Tractor plowed llVi hours without stopping. Its tanks were sealed and it used 17 gallons of kerosene and one pint of gasolene for starting. For this test, say advertisements of the day, it pulled three 14-inch plows in heavy gumbo sod land at an average of 7Vi inches. The first load of these tractors was unloaded at tethbridge in February, 1918. Does anyone own one of these kerosene tractors now? John Deere This old John Deere needs a little work but it's almost like new. Matter of fact, it hasn't even been used for 10 or 20 years. It might be worth more money than you think. Alex Koliaska of Lethbridge owns this valuable antique. HAY DERRICK RAISED STACKS YEARS AGO, NOW FORGOTTEN.