Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Mr. Dearing is Canadian National Railways Chief Dispatcher. Ed.)
The above title was adopted for a club organized at Saskatoon, Canada, on January 28th last. The 'Pioneer' chosen with respect due those who opened up this country many years ago and also since this is the first club of its kind now known to be in existence.
This is the year of Saskatchewan's Golden Jubilee (1905-1955) fifty years since the founding of this great province which was the scene of probably the greatest steam tractor activity in the early years of this century and hence of interest to readers of this magazine. Very many celebrations are being planned at many locations in this province this coming summer and which will include active participation by steam and old time gas tractors. These are being supplied by The Western Development Museum which has large displays at Saskatoon, North Battleford, and Yorkton. The Board of Directors of this museum called the above meeting in order to organize a pool of trained men who were, or who could become, qualified to operate and care for these machines both at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, and also at their annual Threshermen's Reunion, the next of which will be held at their Saskatoon grounds in early July, and at which actual threshing and plowing with steam are among the activities each day.
The Western Development Museum is believed to be the only one of its kind in existence and is a great credit to those pioneers who founded it, among whom Mr. Roy Potter, one of your advertisers, deserves the warmest praise. Each of the three unit contains most steamers of Canadian manufacture in various sizes and types as well as a large number of American engines, and most of all of which are in good operating condition.
'The Pioneer Threshermen's Club' has provisions for two types of memberships, active and associate, active for those who by experience and permit are qualified to operate steam, associate for those who do not wish to take an active operating role or who wish to qualify for the former at a later date. Several members were also interested previously in this activity and owned their own engines and it is expected the club will eventually also be planning field days with smaller units performing steam threshing and probably some plowing from time to time.