The file consists of a manual for lubrication of wheel tractors, crawler tractors, and self-propelled farm implements. Each sheet describes the specifications and features a lubrication diagram for a particular make and model (or group of models) of farm machinery. The manual is loose-leaf for updating. This copy consists of updates from 1970 to 1980, with one sheet produced in 1985 indicating the UFA Co-op products corresponding to the symbols used in the manual. The binder was designed and produced by UFA Co-op.
The file consists of a manual for lubrication of wheel tractors and self-propelled farm implements. Includes a sheet containing specifications and lubricating diagram for each make and model (or group of models) of farm machinery. The manual is looseleaf for updating. This copy consists of updates from 1980 to 1985, and includes one sheet produced by UFA Co-op giving the names of its products corresponding to the symbols used in the manual.
The fonds consists of photographs, correspondence, and other records documenting Milton Ward's involvement in the co-operative sector.
Milton Henry "Milt" Ward, 1890-1994, was born in Nogies Creek, Ontario. In 1905 he migrated with his family to Arrowwood, a community east of High River, Alberta. He assisted his father, and established his own homestead in the district at an early age. He also worked as a ranch hand and blacksmith. He became a manager in the Crowsnest Pass coal mining industry during the First World War, but returned to farming and ranching in the Arrowwood district. He served on the council of the Municipal District of Marquis from 1916 to 1941. He was an active member of the United Farmers of Alberta, serving as a director from 1932 to 1969, a delegate to the Alberta Wheat Pool, and a director of the Arrowwood Co-operative Association. In 1977 he was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was married twice, to Lena Steiner, ?-1923, and to Myrtle Foreman, 1903-1995. He had six children: Ruby Della (Fletcher), Audrey Helen (Neubauer), Shirley Margaret (Hood), Jack Foreman, George Alan, and Beverly Joan (Weeks).
The file consists of certificates presented to recognizing his completion of training seminars for sales and service of farm implements and machines; and certificates issued by United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative recognizing ten years' service, completion of first aid and CPR training, and completion of the Feelings Customer Service Excellence Module.
John Lee, a sales representative specializing in farm implements and machinery, was an employee of United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative from 1978 until 2004 or later. During the latter part of his career with UFA Co-op, he was based in the Calgary corporate office and worked as a Member Relations Representative.
Canadian Co-operative Implements Ltd., also known by its trade names CCIL and Co-op Implements, was founded in 1940 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by representatives of most of the major agricultural producers' and consumers' co-ops of the Prairie provinces. In its first few years it was mainly involved in raising capital and recruiting members, and by 1944 it acquired a manufacturing plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Within a few years it was manufacturing a comprehensive line of farm implements, including tractors, combines, swathers, headers, balers, plows, cultivators, grain drills, and snow blowers. It also began to develop an extensive system of sales-and-service outlets called depots, and developed a sideline of trading in used farm machinery. In the 1970s it began to experience financial difficulties requiring refinancing from federal and provincial governments, co-ops, and credit unions. In 1985 it was forced to scale down the network of depots and sell the manufacturing rights to Vicon BV, a Dutch-owned multi-national farm implement manufacturer. The Co-op Implements brand name apparently continued to be used until 1990. The depot network ceased operating in the early 1990s and the Co-op was struck off the register of companies in 1997. United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd., as one of the firms that contributed capital, participated in its Advisory Committee and its Annual Meetings. Usually UFA Co-op's Treasurer acted as its liaison.