Antique Power is thriving in the Okanagan...
A club of enthusiasts are keeping the old wheels turning. Over the years members in B.C's sunny Okanagan have built collections of classic and not so classic machinery. Tractors, steam engines, old farm equipment, veteran & vintage trucks, are being restored to working condition. Members help maintain the 19th century buildings at "Father Pandosy's Mission" and use the picturesque site for an annual show. On this web site we hope to evoke the romance of yesteryear - the hiss of steam, the thumping of pistons, the whir of gears and the smell of grease - and a few grey haired grease monkeys!
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By A. CHARLES ADAM
The lake is above what became Brenda Mine, between it and Brenda Lake,
(Later info from Peachland Museum MS -WebMaster) The grader was purchased by the Municipality of Peachland from the Provincial Government about 1946 and was used to grade and snowplough streets and roads in the District of Peachland for a decade. Joe Khalembach, the municipal graderman, managed to coax the tired old machine to chugg up the hills and bounce over embedded rocks in the roadsways for several years.
While camping in the area, I noticed a For Sale sign on the cabin. A grader had been parked behind, so I decided to find out what was to become of it. After calling the number on the sign, I was informed that the grader be longed to Fulks, although the cabin had been sold. I phoned Fulks and made a deal for the old machine, for the price the junkman had offered.
We unloaded the pieces between the Jenkins Cartage warehouse (1120 Ellis St.) and the OK Builders masonry department building. There it sat for 12 years, until I retired in 1991.
The Vernon museum advised me to check with Spallumcheen Pioneer Power, members of which suggested I join their club, and put it together myself with their help.
Although I had dismantled it in only two weekends, it would take me two years to put it back together, with the help of many club members.
Reg Martin said he remembered Frank Saucier driving such a machine.
In the 1930s or 1940s, it would have had a licence number beginning with DPW (Department of Public Works).
After getting the grader back together, my wife and I painted it government orange, a brush job that took 36 hours to complete.
A. Charles Adam is a lifelong resident of Kelowna, and a member of a pioneer family. This article is part of a series submitted by the Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Historical Society. Additional in formation would be welcome at Box 1,532, Kelowna, B.C., VIY 7V8