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The Campbell Farming Corporation

Our History: November 1928

The November 1928 front page of our predecessor publication The Scoop Shovel featured photos of the Campbell Farming Corporation in Montana. Wikipedia says that “Thomas D. Campbell (1882–1966) was the ‘World’s Wheat King.’ On the farms of his Campbell Farming Corporation he grew more wheat than any other farmer or corporation. He pioneered industrialized corporate

The Worlds Greatest Cream Saver

Our History: May 1927

You could get a big allowance on your old machine, a 10-day free trial and “the most generous time in which to pay up” if you purchased the Melotte cream separator advertised in the May 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel, which was the predecessor to the Co-operator. The Co-operative Dairies report that month said


How to go broke farming

Our History: November 1927

The Delco-Light generator advertised in the November 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel would provide “brilliant, safe evening light which makes reading a pleasure — enables the children to study better.” The unnamed writer of “The Pool Woman” column reflected on media reports that a national church assembly in Spain had met to discuss the

The editorial cartoon from The Scoop Shovel in June 1927.

Jubilee Jottings — looking back at the first 60 years

Canada 150: As they do today, farmers in 1927 reflected on how much easier life was 
than back in the old days

In the midst of war in 1917, there was not much appetite for a 50-year celebration of Confederation, so the country was anxious to celebrate the “Jubilee” year in 1927. Former editor John Morriss prepared this look back at what we covered as those celebrations approached. The Scoop Shovel, which published from 1925 until it

Waterloo Champion thresher, available in seven sizes

Our History: June 1928

The Waterloo Champion thresher advertised in the June 1928 issue of The Scoop Shovel was offered in seven sizes, and could be seen at that year’s Provincial Exhibition in Brandon, also advertised in that issue. It featured a monster midway, new dog show building, a new nursery and rest room for women and children, and


Cockshutt horse-drawn disc and drag harrows

Our History: May 1927

The May 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel also featured advertisements for tractors and automobiles, but horse-drawn implements were still featured, such as these Cockshutt disc and drag harrows. The issue featured extensive coverage of addresses to the International Wheat Pool conference in Kansas City, including speeches by the presidents of the three Prairie wheat

European farmers sail home for Christmas

Our History: December 1925

This ad from the October 1925 issue of The Scoop Shovel offered European farmers the chance to catch a vessel home for Christmas, with the last vessel leaving St. John, N.B. for Liverpool on Dec. 16. In the December issue, editor J.T. Hull offered his own version of a Christmas story, but with a twist

Portable wheat elevators, the economical alternative

Our History: August 1927

This ad appeared in the August 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel, the Co-operator’s predecessor publication. This portable wheat elevator was offered as an economical alternative to a country elevator at a small shipping point, and “Receive(s) from the wagon, cleans, removes dockage and loads into a railroad car or tank at 300 bushels per