Box 508, Alliston, Ontario LOM 1AO
The Georgian Bay Steam, Automotive, Gas & Antique Inc. held their 8th Annual Show and Demonstration at Cookstown, Ontario on Civic Holiday weekend Aug. 4, 5, and 6, 1973. A large crowd saw about 16 Steam engines, nearly 100 gas engines, some 40 tractors, 20 antique cars and trucks and numerous pieces of early farm equipment. There were daily demonstrations of Saw Milling, Drag Sawing, Grain threshing, Shingle Making, Log Hewing, Stone Crushing and Testing the power of various engines on the Baker Fan. The kids enjoyed the free Hay wagon rides and also rode on the model railroad.
The Abernethy family provided musical entertainment on the State. An open air Church Service was held on Sunday evening. A couple of fellows amused themselves and the crowd playing Auto Polo with 2 Model T Fords. The ladies had a very successful bazaar selling show buttons, hats, baked goods, tickets on 2 quilts, embroidery and other needlework goods, cups, dishes, etc.
Among the steam engine owners was our jovial President Mr. Geo. Hutchinson of Kilworthy, Ontario with his 25-76 Sawyer-Massey of about 1915 Vintage. He also had a small portable made about 1871. Other makes present were Waterloo, Geo. White, J. I. Case, Goodison. Gas tractors present were Rumelys, several sizes, Model C & L and Cross-Mount Case; Massey-Harris Pacemaker, Model 25; John Deere Models D & BR; A very, Silver King, Fordson Half-Track, Hart-Parrs Eagle, a very Rare Panther-Cat owned by Geo. Bates of Cannington, Ontario a fairly rare IHC model 22-36 on factory rubber owned by Walter King of Seagrave, Ontario; Centaur, Ford N, Sawyer-Massey, a very rare large Fairbanks-Morse owned by Province of Ontario. The Steamers were unloaded off of the floats by Wm. Vernon's IHC Model WD9. A 27-44 Minneapolis also was present. Among the cars present was a nicely restored 1929 Chrysler model 75 sedan owned by Frank Stephens, Barrie Ontario, a model A 1-1/2 ton truck also nicely restored owned by Geo. D. Dyke of Mount Albert Ontario. Other makes present included 1926 Dodge sedan, Model T Fords, Paige Truck and Desoto.
Gas engines included such makes as IHC Mogul, Tom Thumb, Type M, Model LA & LB, Massey-Harris NO 1,2 and a very rare no 3 owned by Don Hurst of Collingwood Ontario, Lister, Fairbanks-Morse including a 6 HP driving a high pressure pump owned by Harley Horner of Richmond Hill, Ontario very well restored; Goold Shapely & Muir, Brownwall, Little Jumbo, Witte, National, Stover, Eatons, Delco Plant, Taylor, Vacuum, Toronto, Monarch, Gilson, Fuller & Johnson geared to a London Concrete mud hen pump, John Deere, DeLaval.
Glen Pederson of Nobleton, Ontario also showed a wheelbarrow type sprayer restored to like-new condition. Frank Robson of Maple, Ontario had his sugar shack which appealed to all the Maple sugar fans. 'Pop' Snyder, 85 yr. old from Woodbridge, Ontario was present with his 'Go-Billy' a self-propelled homemade contraption with an endless number of steam engines, whistles etc., all powered by a verticle boiler mounted on same chassis. Mrs. John Foucart Cookstown, Ontario demonstrated the art of weaving, and spinning wool from her own white dog. (There were 4 generations of the Snyder family present).
A number of model steam outfits were present including 1/4 Goodison 20-22, 1/4 Case 65, several complete threshing outfits such as Waterloo engine, thresher & tank and a 1/4 Case 65 engine, thresher and tank owned by the National Museum of Science & Technology at Ottawa, Ontario. Wes White Flesherton, Ontario showed his model railroad outfit. Bill Currie Collingwood, Ontario had a very nice American Abell 'Cock of the North' model about 1/4 scale.
Plans are well advanced for an improved show for 1974 and several new items are already booked. The Centennial Band from nearby Newton Robinson, Ontario will be in attendance for the three days. There will be an amateur Fiddling contest and Step Dance competition.
Sent in by Donald McVittie, Box 508 Alliston, Ontario LOM 1AO Advertising chairman.