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Old 12-13-2008, 08:56:53 PM
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Default Way Back At Milton Steam Era!

A neighbour gave me a bunch of old b&w pictures from Milton show. Not sure of dates but must be in the 60s. At any rate, I'll post a few just for fun. They are not all steam however.
Recognize anybody or anything?
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And a couple more.
Back then, the Milton fair grounds was almost still in the country. Now it is a fish bowl surounded by suburbia!
More pix to come!
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Better throw in a couple of steam ones that came with the group as some of the other b&w ones to come are non steam.
First is supposed to be an 18hp Goodison. Back of the card says it was owned by Carl Carpenter though I think his name was actually Earl - anyone recollect him? Not sure where it is now - maybe Poland? The calliope was a regular thing of beauty though if you were stuck next to it for the whole show ...... The sign says "Ontario's First Agricultural Museum" and I suppose it was. It was a great museum in Stratford. But everything was sold off long ago. The Thomson's were the ones who brought the Port Huron hi-wheeler over to Ontario years ago.
Second card has been on here before I suspect - 76 Sawyer-Massey then owned by Gordon Smith. Mr. Smith passed away a few years back and he was one of the early collectors here. He was also a member of the Provincial Parliament in Toronto so had a few connections that helped the show. Nice big, strong engine and still in running shape today - was at this year's show! Cards are dated 1966.
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And a couple more. The Model T assembly team! Not sure what the record time was but perhaps one of the older () attendees like Robert bin Sawyer will have that data? I have not seen this done for years but it was a lot of fun to watch them build this car from piles and drive away in a few short minutes! Who are all those guys anyway?
The Stars and Stripes is visible but the Canadian flag is "furled" so not sure if it is the Maple Leaf or the earlier Red Ensign as that would help date these a little better?
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G: First pair of pics I see Gord Smiths 20-40 S-M, Bill Johnston's big White, and in the second pic you can see Johnston's Locomobile in the background. Third pic, the Bell with the canopy should be Alan Byers, the 17 S-M with the white walls is that of Vince Riddel of Newmarket, that should be his shiny Goodison beside it, and farther down the line next to the other S-M avec rubber tires may be Wynn Nichols S-M.

With the Model T assembly team, one of those young lads should be Porky Schneider.

Great pics, great thread.

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G: In the pic of the Caliope, in the back ground is Bill Johnston's Cock of the North. At the controls of the 76 S-M may well be Garnet [Bish] Pattenden [looks like his choice of apparel]. Also on the flywheel side of the jacketing, it may read Gord Smith / Alan Byers Orillia Ontario.

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Great old pictures G.

Look at the crowds in the first couple especially. Car guys and steam guys living together in smoky harmony.

We were just going through some old slides from the 70s at Cookstown. Some old weathered faces that really knew their stuff around engines.

Thanks and keep them coming if you have more.
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And a couple more. The Model T assembly team! Not sure what the record time was but perhaps one of the older () attendees like Robert bin Sawyer will have that data? I have not seen this done for years but it was a lot of fun to watch them build this car from piles and drive away in a few short minutes! Who are all those guys anyway?
The Stars and Stripes is visible but the Canadian flag is "furled" so not sure if it is the Maple Leaf or the earlier Red Ensign as that would help date these a little better?
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These guys travelled all over North America with the T. Porky,Jack Bray and Jack Morton were also part of the team. I'll ask Dad for the rest. The second generation did try and fill their Dad's shoes for awhile but I haven't seen them do there stuff for a while now.

Rick...thanks for the memories, I love seeing the pictures of the early shows!
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G., I hope you don't mind me posting this picture here but I thought this thread is the right place. We were at the SteamEra back in 1998, and it was quite the adventure for us! There was a threshing contest with an OilPull and (I believe) a steamer. Off course the OilPull won
I was on a very hot Saturday, and I did not take too much pictures because I also had a VHS camera with me. The next day we spent driving around and enjoy the landscape and the endless roads (at least for us Europeans) and on the Monday morning we were lucky to visit an old pumphouse with two magnificent beam engines. We spent a great two weeks with four old iron nuts, including my dad, and visited quite a few collections and shows in Pa, NY and Ontario. It was my last 2-month holiday after leaving school and I started working the day after we arrived back in Belgium. Thanks for bringing back good memories!
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Beth i think it is a 25 not sure
but the boiler is a lap ,bell never made a butt strap traction .
portables lots of butts for some reason never on a traction
it sits in a museum in sterling ontario now
the stapely engine with the cab was wallys, it is in the milton
museum they were bell people always had at least 4 portables as well not sure were they ended up
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These pictures are excellent G! Wish the steam shows were still like this. The fair grounds look so different now. I can't imagine what it'll look like when 50 years from now...
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Milton? 1960s? I got my start there! I was wishing the pictures were larger to see if I was in any of them
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Hey there G..Dad was looking at the picture of Daves calliope and he is pretty sure that the Goodison pulling it is the one him and Bob Lind owned. Dad says that that is Dennis Webb at the controls.
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is the minnie of webs still running i think it still goes to sherkston? also what happened to ernie allens engine is it still around i knew it came to alot of other shows and was at alot of first shows years ago seen it on one of the post that shows the listings of steam engines for that year i did not know it ever came to milton i guess before mitchell started having a show.John
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John,
The Minnie is in NY, owned and re-boilered by the Harris lads! Do you mean the 17 Geroge White of Ernie Allen's? If so, it is in the St. Marys area and is still running.
Might as well place this one here. It is also on the JI Case Pictures thread. It comes from fellow Stakker SDP and is an earlier Milton scene of the 75 Case that still comes to the show. We decided that the operator was a gentleman named Leyland Nelson who was a regular show attendee, also from the lovely State of New York!
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