Marshall Tractor

| September/October 1975

Courtesy of Karen Christoffersen, Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Box 10, Austin, Man., Can. Mr. Clarence Denser of Austin, Manitoba spent much time working on this engine, and he is to be credited with its restoration.

The tractory pictured is a 32 - 70 H.P. Marshall, engine number 64832. According to a letter from the Marshall-Fowler Limited in Gainsboro, England, it was built in 1914 and shipped to Canada on January 26th of that year, and was bought by Benjamin Baine of Grosse Isle, Manitoba. Unfortunately, the engine register had been lost, so we were unable to get all the details in respect to that engine.

We do know that the Marshall is a four-cylinder engine, and has two forward and one reverse gear. An unusual feature of this engine is that the operator cannot change gears from inside the cab, but must stand on the ground and change the gears manually, sliding them into place. You can see this in the picture. The levers used to change gears are directly above the cogged wheels.

From a 'Canadian Thresherman & Farmer' dated 1914, we find that the Marshall, Sons & Co. [Canada] Ltd., had its main office at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and in 1914 planned the addition of its factory for the manufacture of this 'Dreadnaught of the Prairies' in Canada. There were branch offices at Winnipeg, Manitoba and Regina, Saskatchewan at an earlier date, and these tractors were also distributed by Sawyer-Massey Co. Ltd. The tractor we have, however, was actually shipped from Gainsboro, England.

The museum staff has repainted this engine, and it is in good running order. The plow that was bought with the engine, an 8 furrow Avery individual beam power lift plow, has also been donated to the museum and will be operated with the Marshall at this year's Manitoba Threshermens' Reunion and Stampede to be held July 23th to July 26th, 1974. Come and see the Marshall in operation along with well over one hundred other gas and steam tractors.

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