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OUR HISTORY: October 28, 1954

What’s taken for granted on farms today was still a novelty for many in the early 1950s. Our Oct. 28, 1954 issue carried this ad from the Manitoba Power Commission, celebrating the 100,000th electrical meter installed on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. A. Weerts at Ochre River.

“Just nine years ago, only one Manitoba farm in every 50 was served by electricity; today, 90 per cent of all Manitoba farms are able to take advantage of modern electrical service,” said Premier D.L. Campbell at the ceremony on the Weerts farm.

The issue also noted the last steam engine to leave Vancouver on the run to Montreal, the fleet having been fully replaced by diesels.

Another story noted that “while high-level antibiotic feeding has become the wonder care for control of disease in poultry flocks,” in general “it is only good practice where disease has to be dealt with.”

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