818 Tenth Street, Saskatoon, Sask., Canada
The above title was decided upon, to be the name for our association of old time engineers and threshermen which was organized January 28, 1955. The 'Pioneer' of course being chosen with respect to those men who opened up this country in those early years. This Club is probably the first one of it's kind in existence.
This being Saskatchewan's Jubilee year, it is certainly appropriate that an organization of this kind be formed to perpetuate the memories of those earlier years when the use of old time steamers and earlier gas tractors was at its highest mark.
There is being planned by many localities, towns and cities this coming summer of 1955, Jubilee celebrations where the old time steamers and gas tractors will be on display and also an active demonstration of threshing and plowing. These steamers and old time gas tractors will be supplied by the Western Development Museum which have large displays at Saskatoon, York ton, North Battle ford.
This organization is by no means just a local Club, but is a Provincial wide association of the old time steam engineers and gas tractor men, and we think it may even develop into an Inter-Provincial organization, as there has been many enquiries from Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia coming in, all greatly interested. It is the sincere hope of this Club that there will be a real old home week among the old time threshermen during Jubilee week, July 3 to 9.
The Pioneer Threshermen's Club has provision for two types of membership, active and associate. Active for those who are old time operators and are qualified to operate steam and gas tractors. Associate for those who do not wish to operate, but who may wish to qualify at a later date. This organization proposes to form a pool of trained men who were, or who could become qualified to operate these old time steam engines, and earlier gas tractors. From this pool the Western Development Museum can draw men who are competent and qualified to handle, and efficiently care for these old time steamers and gas tractors. Also teachers and instructors for the classes for these younger men who wish to carry on that tradition.