Miscellaneous: A - Z Items


A – Arrowhead (Native Artifacts Collection)
Most of this collection was found on Isaac F Friesen’s quarter section, SE 11-2-5W, close to the old Glencross town site. As the land was originally owned by the Hudson Bay Co., the natives were free to hunt on the land.

B – Buggy
John Enns from Plum Coulee owned this (canvas top) horse- drawn buggy from 1927-1972. Rollie Clegg’s rare collection of over 90 horse-drawn buggies gets a new home at the new Prairie Mountain Regional Museum in Shoal Lake in 2009. 

C– Covered Wagon 
A light wagon commonly used by early settlers. A tough white canvas cover stretched across the wagon is for protection against bad weather. Horses or mules were used to move these wagons. Notice the fry pan, kettle, pail, barrel & tub hanging on the side.

D – Dishes
Dishes from the beginning of the century can be found in the Braun & Reimer Houses, General & Haskett Store and the museum office. Includes: Depression glass and china including the Old Mill, vases and unique pieces.

E– Elevator Engine
This Rushton Canadian Elevator Engine Mark CR was manufactured by Rushton & Hornsby Ltd. Once a prominent feature across the Prairies, most elevators are now gone. The Inglis, MB Grain Elevators is a National Historic Site. (1996) 

F – Flour Mill
This 1950 lb. Allis-Chalmers Flour Mill was moved to the museum from a Research Station in Bozeman, Montana in the year 2000. Located in the seed elevator, it still works & is used during certain museum events.

G – Gas Pump
This old-fashioned gas pump was used long ago as can be explained by the warning it posts: Contains lead and is to be used as motor fuel only, not for cleaning or any other use. Avoid spilling. It now stands beautifully restored, in front of the Haskett Store.

H– Helmet
Helmets can be made of metal, leather, cork or some other sturdy material. They are worn by soldiers, aviators, firemen, some policemen and some industrial workers. One of the helmets on display was probably from the WWII era.


I – International Collection
The museum is home to many unique collections.


– Jail Cell
The jail cells in the NWMP Outpost are the original cells from the Court House in Morden.  They are in working condition, including the original keys. The Morden Court House was officially opened in 1906.

K – Kudu
An example of just some of the many taxidermy items found in Peter Dyck's "Wildlife Exhibit".  These Southern Greater male Kudus (large antelope) have spiral horns and come from Zimbabwe, South Africa.

L – Library
The museum is home to a very extensive library of books including school & German, newspapers including Ukranian, magazines including childrens & German and old Bibles. There are also books from the private library of Alexander P Stevenson.

M – Model T
The Ford Company initiated production of the celebrated Model T in 1908 until 1927. It was the 1st mass-produced automobile & helped make the automobile a part of everyday life. This 1927 Model T is owned & restored by J.A. Janzen from Morden, Manitoba.

N – “National” Cash Register
A hand and finger point to the cash amount on the front & back of the register for both the customer and salesperson to see. The first practical cash register was invented in 1879. This National cash register is quite ornate.

O – Organ
Many organs can be found throughout the museum including a pipe organ, originally used in the Roland United Church. In the Roseisle United Church is an original pump organ that is played during the museum events.

P – Picture
This abstract painting, found in the seed elevator, was done by local (Pilot Mound) artist, Dorene Macaulay & is actually painted on the binding from an old binder. Other pictures include farm & threshing scenes, landscapes, 
royalty, family portraits, etc.


Q – Quilt
Quilts were usually used for bed coverings because of their warmth. A “pieced” quilt (on left) is made of many small pieces of fabric sewed together to form a pattern. A “crazy” quilt (right) is odd-shaped patches sewed together haphazardly.

R – Red River Cart
A large two-wheeled 'vehicle' made entirely of non-metallic materials, used chiefly to haul freight and often pulled by oxen. 
They were used throughout most of the 19th century in the westward expansion of the U.S. and Canada, particularly in the area of the Red River, which is now known as Manitoba.  

S – Snowmobile
This snowmobile was made in 1949 by C & J Derksen for Jacob Unrau, a Mennonite missionary working with natives on Matheson Island in Lake Winnipeg. The natives referred to the snowmobile as “The Mennonite”.

T -Tools
The museum houses a large collection of domestic tools and utensils including veterinary tools. Tinsmith and blacksmith tools are also found in the Blacksmith Shop.

U – Uniform
NWMP 1st official uniform – 1874
NWMP Dress uniform - 1898
RCMP Present Review Order of Dress


V – (Weather/Wind) Vane or Weathercock
Is a metal device that turns on an upright rod and points in the direction from which wind comes. The crowing rooster on the arrow gave it the name weathercock. The wind vane is one of the oldest weather instruments and often ornamental in shape.

W – Wagon Wheel
The wheel and the wagon were developed at the same time at least 5,000 years ago. It was found that sledges / wagons could be pulled more easily if they were fitted with wheels that were made of wood.


X – Sign for Railway Crossing
The Railway Crossing sign is simply a white X outlined in red and indicates the location of a railway crossing. The railway crossing sign at the museum is near the Train Station with the 
railway tracks.

Y – Yearbook
Our yearbook collection includes:
MCI, Gretna – 1890-1950, 1949 & 1964/65
Winkler Bible School – 1948/49 & 1956
Altona – 1954/56, Elim Bible School


Z – Zillion
The museum has a “zillion” artifacts depicting the area’s agricultural & local  Mennonite and pioneer heritage for your viewing pleasure!
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