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44-2106-50th Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2B 1M7

Here is something you don’t see anymore. This seven binder
operation was William (Dad) Fletcher’s outfit of Brant,
Alberta, taken in 1916. Everybody in the country called him
‘Dad’. He was a favorite fiddler at the local dances.
‘Dad’ was the champion old time fiddler in 1926 at the
Calgary Stampede. The steam engine is a Reeves 32×110 C.C. The
binders, I believe, are Massey Harris. Each binder had its own
special hitch that makes the binder go right or left by a gear
driven system in front of the binder and is controlled by the
operator. Each binder takes care of its side draft pull. The wagon
tied behind the last binder carries all parts for the binders.
Everything is repaired in the field. The whole outfit makes a round
corner. The binder with the horses, cuts out the missing standing
grain at the corners. Folks, this outfit really was a show piece
and covered a lot of ground each Fall. This Reeves steamer was last
used in a sawmill in Northern Alberta.

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