ENGINES AT MUSEUM

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Erie steam shovel owned by Onondago County Highway and operated by Glenn Thomas from 1923 to 1939-when he had to change to a gas shovel. In this particular instance they were loading gravel. Glenn enjoys steam engines and began operating them in 1916.
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Mr. Holden says he knows nothing of the story behind this picture but believes it was typical of the early days out west. It was taken in Western Canada and given to him by his good friend from Shanty Bay, Ontario, Can.

Basswood, Manitoba, Canada

The President of our Agricultural Memorial Museum of Manitoba,
Mr. D. McKeand has given me these two pictures which you might like
to use in your magazine. They show something of the engines we have
collected at the Museum site which is located at Austin,
Manitoba.

This Museum is located at the junction of No 1 Highway
(Croos-Canada) and No. 27 which connects us up directly with our
neighbors across the line in North Dakota. Austin is some sixty
miles from the U. S. boundary and we hope that many from the United
States will be able to visit us.

The main event which we are staging this year will be the
Thresher-men’s Reunion which will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 24
and will run through the four days until Saturday. Last year we
found the most popular item we put on was the Belt-Setting contest
which drew a lot of competitors. The winner of the McMurachy Trophy
was Gordon Mundell of Binscarth. This cup is given as prize for an
International event, and we would welcome competition for it each
year.

We found great interest in the Bag-Tying and the Sheaf-Tying
contests also, both for the women as well as the men, and the
obstacle race with the huge tractors was contested by quite a
number of the old and new steam engineers who loved to run the big
outfits.

In these pictures we see a portion of the steamers and other
engines on the spot where the first of the large buildings will be
erected. The other features one of the large Hart-Parr tractors of
the 1912 vintage.

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