Courtesy of R. F. Somerville 12498 - 14th Avenue North, Haney. B.C., Canada

R. F. Somerville

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12198- 14th Avenue North, Haney, B.C., Canada

I visited the Pioneer Museum at Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, two years ago and this is what I saw. First inside the main building, a 2 cylinder Brant-ford Ideal tractor, hopper cooled opposed cylinders, magneto ignition and like all the other items in this building, in perfect, shape and painted like new. Next to it a Townsend 2 cylinder. It looks like a steamer as the boiler is the cooling tank and it has a smoke stack for the exhaust; a 12-25 H.P. 3 wheel Happy Farmer; Canada 2 cylinder on wooden frame. 1918. base 10-20 3 wheel, 4 cylinder tractor; Bahes Steel mule, drum drive, I cylinder Gray, 1918 2 cylinder 20-40 Oil Pull; Monarch 30-60 Crawler, 1916 Bull 3 wheel 2 cylinder, 1915 Moline 2 cylinder, 2 wheel drive; an old lime, I horse treadmill and hanging from the ceiling a Gypsy Moth single sealer monoplane. 2 cylinder, 2 cylinder and I cylinder air cooled aero engines.

In cars, first 1907 Ford with brass radiator. 1903 1 cylinder Cadillac, 1910 2 cylinder Buick, 1922 Ford sedan. National 1916, 1907 Maxwell, 1934 Cord front wheel drive, 1911 Franklin air cooled. 1904 cylinder Oldsmobile, 1911 Hupp electric, 1907 I.H.C. 2 cylinder air cooled auto wagon, 1896 4 cylinder wood wheels, wood frame right-hand steering, no body made by G. limes, Glasgow. Scotland. Next on the line Sawyer-Massey portable steam engine with vertical boiler and horizontal engine, a G.M.C. Samson seive grip 4 cylinder tractor. Next were lire engines, 2 wheel hand pump tank lire engines, 1906 Waterous I cylinder inverted gas engine, horse drawn lire engine, 1912 American LaFrance aerial ladder 18 feet long. front wheel drive, 2 cylinder, had one man to steer al the back and one at the front to steer and drive, 1906 Tudhope 2 cylinder air cooled gas buggy, 1906 lovely black horse drawn hearse, 1916 Magerus fire engine made in Germany and used by the Calgary, Alberta, Fire Department.

Inside were many horse drawn wagons, sleighs, buggys, as well as old time household items, also guns, Indian beaded coats, etc.

This is my 1925 McCormick-Deering 15-30 H.P. tractor. I got it three months ago.

An 8-16 Mogul tractor at the Pioneer Museum at Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, taken in August 1966.

This is an Advance steam and a Huber gas tractor at Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, taken in August 1966.

Outside on the grounds in various states of repair were about 20 Fordson tractors. Some had magneto or battery or the general 4 coils and comutator ignition. One had a power mower. Next was International all the way from 1910 Titan and Mogul I cylinder, Mogul 25-45 2 cylinder, 8-16 hopper cooled, 8-16 Junior 4 cylinder, Farmall, 10-20 Titan, 10-20. 15-30 4 cylinder McCormick Deering, 10-20 and 15-30 Eagle, Heider, Huber, Samson, Allwork. Rumely Oil Pull from 1910 I cylinder 15-30, 2 cylinder 30-60, 2 cylinder 12-20, 20-40, Lightweight 23-30, 25-45, 45-60 up to 1930 Rumely six, Hart-Parr old reliable 2 cylinder 30-60 oil cooled up to 1936 2 cylinder Case tractors 1910, 12-25, 2 cylinder 20-40 and 30-60, 4 cylinder cross frame motor 10-20, 10-18, 15-24, 18-36, 32-70, 1930 Massey Harris 4 wheel drive, a 1919 Massey Harris cross frame motor, Big 4 30-60, Minneapolis 30-60 down to 1928 15-30 type B, Aultman Taylor 30-60 4 cylinder 1910 Marshall made in England, Twin City, Gilson 10-20, a 1920 Sunshine 6 foot cub self-propelled Australian combine, a 20 fool cub Harris combine. This combine was pulled by Caterpillar D 6. Also several portable and stationary gas engines.

In steam tractors, Case was predominant with an 1885 8 H.P. single cylinder steam tractor in good shape, an 1895 Case center crank portable. There were 40, 50, 60, 75 and 110 H.P. Case tractors as well as 2 portable steam engines. An English Ruston Proctor, Kelly steam roller, McDonald Ontario tractor 1910 Russell, several Reeves compound and double cylinder Avery undermounted, an Avery return flue, Aultman Taylor. Advance, Rumely, Gaar-Scott sidemounted double cylinder. In a shed was a Huber and Avery return flue as well as Avery, Advance, Case threshers, American Abell, Waterloo, Robert Bell, Sawyer-Massey single and Tandem compound Geo. White, side mounted and rear mounted, Nichols and Shepherd, Buffalo Pitts. A steam driven cement mixer, an Aultman vertical boiler portable steam engine, several small portable steam engines, as well as a collection of horizontal and vertical steam engines of various sizes.