The STA is celebrating 80 years since incorporation.
In 1937 the Saskatchewan Motor Transport Association (SMTA) was formed. The name changed to the Saskatchewan Trucking Association in the late 50s.
Founding members include Tom Atkinson (Sr.), George Peacock, George Solomon, Gordon Smith, Basil Hindmarsh and Pete Maiers.
The first President was Les Skingle, from 1937 through 1947. There has been 30 Board Presidents since 1937, but 80 different groups of individuals who volunteered their time on the Board of Directors. These were dedicated individuals who have contributed to the trucking industry through their work with the organization, and deserve our thanks. Over the years, so many people, more than could possibly be recognized here, have contributed to the efforts and success of the STA. Staff, volunteers, members and friends, we thank you!
It is hard to fathom what it was like 80 years ago in our early beginnings. Canada’s Prime Minister was William Lyon Mackenzie King, Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States, and Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany.
We should remember that The Great Depression didn’t end until 1939, as World War II began.
During the war years (WWII 1940-1945) trucks were necessary to transport goods for the war effort. Gasoline and fuel oil rationing, shortage of parts, shortage of manpower, shortage of rubber for tires which necessitated the use of synthetic tires that were less than satisfactory – just some of the challenges facing the industry at the time. The cost of a gallon of gas was around 10 cents (don’t we wish that was still the case.)
Four scores ago, 1937 was the year of the Hindenburg disaster, the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, it was the year that Amelia Earhart disappeared, the Golden Gate Bridge opened, and the first feature-length animated film entitled “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered. And let’s not forget, on July 5, 1937, the highest ever recorded temperature in Canada was 45°C (113 °F) at Midale and Yellow Grass, SK.
Certainly times have changed and it may be interesting to look back in history, but the STA is focused on the future. Our industry will always face challenges and the STA plans on helping to pave the way for our members, for the industry as a whole, and for the next generations to come.