In Winnipeg, Canada, Roland Emmerson “Rollie” Clegg bought his first horse-drawn carriage to appease his new bride. In those days, the motorized car was quite a new invention, and Clegg’s wife, Gladys, had a disastrous first driving lesson. She wanted nothing to do with the new contraption. A few years later, Clegg was able to talk her into riding in a car, but she continued to drive her buggy on shopping trips until midway through the 1940s.
In the 1960s, Rollie, a blacksmith, welder and farmer, began rescuing abandoned buggies from around his area. He lovingly restored the vehicles, eventually developing an impressive collection. His carriages include several extremely rare pieces, such as Canada’s only known surviving ambulance carriage from the First World War.
For many years, Rollie has loaned out his buggies for weddings. The only payment he would accept was a photograph of the happy couple. The carriages have also been featured in films and starred in numerous parades. His collection was also featured in movies including The Assassination of Jesse James and the Canadian television series Pioneer Quest.
Rollie’s collection also includes two horse-drawn hearses, a black and a white. They have been used in several funerals. One of Rollie’s hearses was used in the funeral of a 104 year old aboriginal woman. It is said that her last request was a horse-drawn funeral carriage.
Clegg passed away in 2012 and his collection has become part of a museum. His landmark and internationally known collection of nearly 100 carriages has a new home at the Prairie Mountain Regional Museum in Shoal Lake.
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