MIGHTY ENGINES AT ONTARIO MUSEUM


| March/April 1982



Early Waterous poster

Early Waterous poster. (Stemgas photo)

Early Waterous poster. (Stemgas photo)

Octagonal barn. (Stemgas photo)

'Champion' portable steam engine made by Waterous Mfg. Company, Brantford, Ont. about 1890. (Stemgas photo)

Goodison thresher, manufactured in Sarnia, Ont., 192S. (Stemgas photo)

Wheelock stationary engine used at Canadian Table Co., Ower Sound, Ont., about 1900; made by Goldie & McCullough, Galt, Ont.

Curator Peter Ledwith and Margaret Lestz, in restoration shop at the museum. (Stemgas photos)

Dave Hooton, restoration specialist, firing 1912 Case belted to a grinder. (Case rating for engine was 30 HP: actually 12).

Goold, Shapley and Muir

Goold, Shapley & Muir 14' post or power sawmill, made in Bratford, Ont. about 1900.

Sawyer-Massey 1918, 76 HP, made in Hamilton, Ont., 1918. (All Stemgas photos)

Mighty engines, which in bygone days performed staunch service on Canadian farms, now help tell the story of the past at the splendid Ontario Agricultural Museum at Milton, an easy jaunt from Toronto.

When you go, allow yourself plenty of time for a full visit. There is a tremendous amount to see and enjoy, to study and to chat about.

On 80 acres, the museum displays 15 steam traction engines and about 100 gasoline tractors; stationary gas engines, and much other machinery and equipment.

You can see early Ontario farm homes, moved in from their original isolated locations, and furnished in the style of their times; costumed guides talk about furnishings and customs.

You can walk through a tremendous octagonal barn, a landmark in rural construction, housing many exhibits.

You can see a windmill with a diameter of 14 feet, the largest in the province.