Pioneer Acres On The Move

| July/August 1973

Box 246, Strathmore, Alberta

PIONEER ACRES, one of the newest antique machinery clubs in Alberta, has proven itself to be the most successful club of its type in this province. Starting from a few interested collectors, it has rapidly expanded to fifty enthusiastic members. Pioneer Acres is definitely on the move to the top.

During the early 1960s, a group of men started collecting and restoring antique tractors and farm equipment. The restored equipment consisted of a Case Steam tractor, several Rumelys and three Minneapolis tractors. They wanted to expand their collection and get more interested people helping restore the machinery. Thus, this was the starting of Pioneer Acres.

It wasn't until 1970 however, that Pioneer Acres actually became a club. Men came from various parts of Alberta to help restore and collect equipment. The club thought that they should let the public view the farm equipment their early ancestors once used. After careful planning they decided to put on a two day show. They did not want to just display the equipment, but to put it in the actual operation for which it was once used. Several men loaned the club their antiques for the two day show. After several long hard months of collecting, restoring and painting the antique machinery, the club was ready to put on its first show.

At the show it was like stepping back into time. Once again, one could relive the days of horse, steam and finally, gas power. People stared in utter amazement at the hard tedious work it used to be, to put in the crop. Putting in the crop seemed like child's play compared to threshing it. It was hard to believe that there were any farmers in those days.

How could any one man do so much work? There were all kinds of gas and steam tractors in operation. If you had never ridden on one, the Pioneer Acres Show gave you that chance. Stationary engines of all sizes were on demonstration. Horsedrawn plows were illustrating just how long it took, and how hard it was, just to plow one field. The crowd loved every minute of it. Pioneer Acres, as little as it was, had put on a great show. The 1971 show proved to be just as great. There were now, however, more members and more antiques to help it become one of the greatest shows in Alberta.


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