of agricultural implements in Alberta was a distinctly regional industry that
catered to the specific needs of Alberta's local farming communities. Governed
by the principle that "necessity is the mother of invention," this
industry played an important role in Alberta's agricultural development, despite
the presence of both central Canadian and American farm implement dealers.
In their efforts
to tame the land, ingenious and mechanically minded people invented and adapted
tools that would make their life easier and their work more efficient. Many an
idea was brought to life as a model or prototype in blacksmith shops and machine
sheds scattered across the countryside. The wheels of progress were turning,
fuelled by human muscle, horses, steam and gasoline.
Ruth Lysak-Martynkiw. Homegrown:
Vignettes About Manufacturing Agricultural Implements in Alberta, 1890 to 1955. n.p.: Friends of Reynolds-Alberta Museum Society and Alberta Culture and
Multiculturalism, Historic Sites and Archives Service, 1992.
With permission from
of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.