Elk Point Transport

1supptext78_27.gifOctober 1, 1975, Barrie McFadyen, well-known as "Slim" purchased the Elk Point transport business from the Cliff Oberhammer family who later moved to Calgary. At that time one Kenworth truck and forty-two foot trailer met the needs of the area served by Elk Point Transport-Elk Point, Lindbergh, Frog Lake, Sputinow, Heinsburg, Marwayne, Dewberry and Clandonald. In March 1976, Barrie's brother-in-law, Bill Fox, joined Barrie in the transport business. In April 1976 they bought a second truck, an International body job. The two trucks along with a pick-up were being kept busy. Originally trips were made to Edmonton three times weekly-Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These trips were increased in the summer of 1976 to daily freight service between Edmonton and this area. The business has continued to expand to the point of requiring two tractors and trailers along with the body job, and a pickup truck.

Freight hauled includes a wide variety of products-groceries, medical drugs, wood products, petroleum products, beer, furniture, hardware, machinery, etc.

Transporting involves long hours of hard and tedious work for the employees. George Dikeman was the first employee hired by Barrie and Bill. Following George, Roger Pelletier came to work for the boys and has stayed with the transport. Other helpers have included Brian McFadyen and Clark Stuparyk.

At the present time Elk Point Transport is the only local freight hauling company. The running rights which authorize the transporting privilege of Elk Point Transport have been around Elk Point for a number of years. Approximately twenty-five years ago these rights belonged to North East Transport and later to Mr. Joe Young who operated under the name of Elk Point Transport. When Mr. Young quit operating, a period of time elapsed until the Elk Point Transport began operating under the management of Cliff Oberhammer, followed by the present management.