| November/December 1959

Erie steam shovel

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.

Mr. D. McKeand

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.