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#1 C-1 SERIAL NO. C12488M
The C-1 series started in 1934 and went to 1937. This truck was purchased new by Emil Hjelmeseth in 1935. He was one of the early pioneer Hjelmesetch Brothers of Hoadley. Emil that year won half of a $10,000 Irish Sweepstakes ticket. In addition to the truck, he bought a new case tractor and threshing machine with his winnings, and built a new house. Emil took extremely good care of his machinery, including the truck. Charlie Plank remembers that Emil volunteered his time and the use of his truck to haul sand for a tennis court being built at the time in Hoadley. He warned Charlie to be very careful with his shovel, as he did not want the paint scratched. He eventually traded the truck in on a 1942 Packard car.The truck may have had a charmed life, for it became the property of Bill Cripps of Bentley, who, in the last years that he drove it, had failing eyesight. He was in the habit of attending the Red Deer Auction Market when it was situated beside Gaetz Avenue on the north hill. Coming and going, he would drive slowly down the highway, taking care to stay well away from the edge of the pavement. He trusted other drivers to avoid him, and his trust was never misplaced. Yet Clarence Eklund has said of him, "Bill Cripps had more misfortune in his life than any man should have." For once, it seems, he beat the odds. The vehicle came up for auction at Cripp's estate sale and was bought by a man named Helge Tranberg. Tranberg reconditioned the motor in Davis Bros. Garage in Rimbey in the early sixties. Ken bought the fifty year old vehicle in 1984 and restored it in 1985. It was used after restoration in a television commercial for the 636 lottery.

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Other Points of Interest in the Smithson International Truck Museum: 

1912 Auto Wagon 1934 C-1 1938 D-2 1941 K-1 1948 KB-1 1951 L110
 1955 R110 1956 S100 1958 A100 1959 B100 1961 C110 1963 C1100
1965 D1100 1966 1100A 1967 1100B 1968 1100C 1970 1100D  1971 1010
1972 1110 1974 100 Police Car Parade Truck License Plates Vintage Photos