|Andrew Briosi welding in his shop. Galt Archives 19752990127.|
This week's post features two Alberta Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees whose innovations contributed to the viability of farming in the dry regions of southwestern Alberta. Asael Palmer's research at the Lethbridge Experimental Station led to improved dryland farming techniques that limited soil erosion and conserved water. Andrew Briosi was a lifelong farmer who spent his spare time tinkering on inventions that would make farm work easier.
|Asael Palmer at the Lethbridge Experimental Station. Galt Archives 19752910483.|
|Andrew Briosi with one of his inventions. Galt Archives 19754021026.|
Andrew Briosi spent his life in agriculture, first in sheep ranching and then in irrigated farming. Briosi’s farming was aided by his inventive genius, and he worked on developing machines to make his work easier. He often stated he invented things to make his life easier because he considered himself to be lazy. His most notable inventions were a front-end loader for tractors and a sugar beet harvester. In 1975 Briosi was named a member of the Order of Canada “for his role in the mechanization of sugar beet harvesting, which has been a great boon to the industry in Canada and elsewhere.” Later he developed the River Valley Golf Course in Lethbridge, where he invented a machine for retrieving balls from the driving range.
By Sven Andreassen
Sven Andreassen is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia's Master of Archival Studies program. He has been volunteering in the Galt Archives since the summer and curated this exhibit.