Post-Card From Reynolds-Alberta

J.I. Case 110 HP

J.I. Case 110 HP, 1912.

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This picture appears on an old postcard, which was sent with a penny stamp on May 31,1915 from Germantown, Nebraska. The addressee is Mr. Forest Steward, Gaston, Oregon. It reads: 'Dear Forest 'This is threshing at our place 1913 myself on engine. Chicken house is center, house marked about where x. Am sure you're having a good time, so am I. I would like to see you all again. Is your grandma still alive? I must write to Jack and Jim as soon as possible. Well, write again soon. Bye your pal Johnnie. I think I'll ride to Denver this summer. I made this with Fred's Camera'.

The 'x' referred to is way to the image as seen here. Someone has identified the engine as a Huber, but does anyone remember Forest or know who Johnnie was?

The J. I. Case Heritage Foundation held the 8th annual Case Exposition over the weekend of August 5, 6, 7, 1994, in Irricana, Alberta, Canada. While visiting the Pioneer Acres Plowman & Threshermen's Show, Many took the extra time to visit and enjoy many other sights of this area. One highlight for many was: the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, a simple museum, south of Edmonton in Wetaskiwin, and neighboring the S.G. Reynolds Museum, which Stan Reynolds found in 1955.

In 1923, Stanley George Reynolds was born in Wetaskiwin. Stan began developing an early interest in machinery while working, after school and on weekends, in his father's garage. By the age of 18, with a fascination of airplanes, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1945, after leaving the R.C.A.F. and settling down in Wetaskiwin, he established his own auto dealership at the age of 22. Soon Stan began to accumulate a massive collection of cars, airplanes, machinery, military artifacts, Indian artifacts, toys and other items. In 1955, he decided to share his collection with others, and founded the S.G. Reynolds Pioneer Museum. In 1974, Stan approached the Alberta Government with an even bigger dream.

On December 30th, 1981, Stan donated a significant portion of his collection to the Province of Alberta; this formed the basis of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. Soon a committee was appointed to review Stan's collection, and by 1985 the selection committee had completed its task. 860 artifacts were chosen to represent the transportation, agricultural and industrial heritage of Alberta. With additional acquisitions and donations from Mr. Reynolds and other sources, the collection grew to over 1000 pieces. Restoration, which began in 1982, remains a continuous process.

By June 26, 1988, ground was broken for the main museum building, which was officially opened on September 12, 1992. A 1913 Corliss steam engine, which was installed before the construction of the main museum building, now gives welcome at the entrance of the museum.

Individual items in the museum range from hot air engine pumping engines, a horse treadmill and horse sweeps, to stationary, portable, marine and steam traction engines and the list continues onto marine engines and gas engines, tractors and crawlers; eventually ending with wind power.

A fine research library and reference center is available for workers and visitors. Awaiting visitors before they leave is an invitation to sign a guest's register, with room to leave one's observations and comments.

On September 21,1994, plowing three acres with a 1911 Nichols and Shepard, 30 HP and a 12 bottom plow was done in about two hours. Future plans include, eventually, farming of about 60 acres entirely with vintage machines.

Considerations continue to be debated over which should be the next major agricultural piece to be restored.