William A. Stewart

Courtesy of Mrs. Lorna M. Rogers, 2 Village Green, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada Apt. 202 President Allen Byers of Atherley is speaking with the Hon. William A. Stewart, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, and Mrs. Stewart as they test one of the antiq

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2 Village Green, Apt. 202, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

STEAM-ERA 'Terrific Success' estimated attendance at over 35,000. Milton, Ontario, once again opened their fair grounds for the Ontario Steam and Antique Preserver's Association STEAM-ERA 65, when around 35,000 streamed into the town over the week-end to enjoy the sciences of yesteryear.

This was the largest show ever, and a success in every way, with more people, equipment, and a real hey-day for the camera enthusiasts.

There were 32 engines, all operative and almost restored to original condition. They ranged in age from 1885 to 1920 and included George White, John Goodison, Case, Sawyer-Massey, Americal Abel, Norsworthy, Waterloo, Robert Bell, John Waterous and Mac-Donald, plus a steam roller, steam shovel, and a steam operated calliope that shrieked out tunes from a bevy of whistles. A large saw mill was busy all through the show; threshing; large fans were also set up on the grounds to test the strength of the 'iron monsters', plus a teeter-totter.

There were 49 gas tractors; early gas engines, numbering 52 was another big attraction; 30 antique cars and trucks, dating back to 1903, were also on display; Miscellaneous large equipment included a drag-saw, corn box, six separators, pumps, saws, cutters, democrat, sleigh, grain grinder, and two band organs. A blacksmith shop was recreated, and a smithy was on duty showing visitors how the shoes were made. P.L. Robertson Manufacturing entered an early cut thread screw manufacturing machine that was operated throughout the show. For the first time an old country 'general store' was built and housed a film bar and souvenirs.

One hall filled with agricultural antiques, was called 'The barn of Yesteryear'. Another exhibited models of equipment, and in the third hall were smaller antique pieces and souvenirs.

A miniature railway set up with several model steam-fired engines running around the 200 ft. track.

Besides the one big parade down town, two parades passed the grandstand daily, and several groups of square dancers, Girls bands, singers and dancers entertained the crowds that gathered.

Steam-Era directors Earl Davidson, Gordon Smith, Fred Thompson, Sherwood Hume and President Allen Byers took the microphone to describe the various tractors, engines & cars, as they passed the grandstand. Other events were races and hand pumper fire reel races between teams of steam engine operators with separators, car races, and contests to see how fast a Model T Ford could be assembled and operative.

The Johnson-Holt trophy for best restored engine was won by Hugh Clark of Hagersville; Gordie Locke, Branchton, won the Hugh Clark trophy for the best restored gas tractor; Bob Randell, Milton, won the trophy for the best restored engine under three and a half horsepower, with Wm. Sherk & Wm. Mitchell of Ayr, capturing the trophy for larger engines, these trophies were donated by Alex Edgar and Hector Kyle; Miss Holly Clark, 10 years old, received Allan Byers 'best lady driver' trophy. A new award this year was the David H. Rogers Memorial trophy given by his wife Lorna, in memory of the late STEAM-ERA director of Stoney Creek, who donated a lot of time to the organization. It is to be awarded annually to the member contributing the most to the club, past President Gordon Smith of Orillia, was its first winner.