The Ninga Sports Grounds were a beehive of activity on Sunday,
July 17, when the newly formed Turtle Mountain Flywheel Club had
their first showing of old tractors, threshing, sawing, etc.
Approximately 1,000 people attended the show coming from points as
far as 200 miles in Canada and quite a number from North
Rev. Angus McColl held a special service for our first show. His
most inspiring address was given to honor the pioneers of the
A Psalm which he composed for the occasion was a most worthy
tribute to our early settlers. Of the many items on display from
the spectators viewpoint were the threshing by John Jones’
Rumely tractor and separator; Glen Patterson steam engine,
Bob McMillan’s model steam engine, lumber sawing with Owen
Jones’ sawmill assisted by the Baldocks and Ken Finnie Baling
with a horse powered baler operated by Spence Patterson and Grant
Chambers. Bill Davies supplied the horse and was engineer in
Mr. Dalley of Ninette had an interesting display of flywheel
engines, also Bill Cambell of Killarney, Harvey Graham and son,
Roger, of Minto; Bill Jones of Deloraine. The Bartley brothers and
Grant Chambers had various makes of tractors on view. Les Bartley
hauled grain with his 1928 truck, Ab Dixon and John Chambers had
engines grinding grain and splitting wood. Eight other club members
had various makes and sizes of tractors
There were quite a number of agricultural items of an earlier
age on the grounds and in the arena. The Ninga ladies were very
busy all day catering to the large crowd, at an old-fashioned price
of .10? per cup for coffee, and homemade pie and hamburgers at very
Mrs. Bartley presented a trophy in memory of her late husband.
This was for the most interesting exhibit. Bill Davies and Grant
Chambers shared the honors with the horsepower baling display.
The judges also commented on the fine appearance of the
Tripp’s 20-35 Allis Chalmers tractor in its original paint.
Many compliments were received for a fine show, which was most
gratifying for the new club.
Please feel welcome to the visit the antique machine show at
Ninga, a small community with a big welcome.