L. Allister Ingham, P.Eng.
1930 - 1993
Allister was born in Watson, Saskatchewan, on April 15, 1930, and was raised on the family farm southeast of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. His keen mind was active throughout his school days, during which he worked on a variety of inventions and projects, including the construction of a twelve-foot high box kite designed to carry the family cat, a self-designed and constructed motor bike powered by a 1-1/3 H.P. Johnson engine, and a variety of model boats and flying model airplanes, not to mention an operating pulse jet engine.
Allister's interests were many and wide ranging, from amateur radio operator to flying to engineering, and it was this latter field of endeavour which was greatly appealed to his spirit of entrepreneurship and adventure. During his high school years Allister and his brother George began working on the development of snowmobiles, and in 1962 Allister graduated with distinction from the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. And while Allister's main interests were in mechanical and electrical design, he also had a passion for archery, winning the Saskatchewan Championships in 1955, '56 and '57.
An active and dedicated family man, Allister married Tessie Lemke in 1951, with son Don and daughter Lori soon coming along to join the family group. Allister was also active in the local community, serving on a number of committees and organizations. Research on "As the Snow Flies" began in 1985 and resulted in over 75,000 miles of travel throughout Canada and the United States.
Allister passed away suddenly December 12, 1993, before the book could be completed. His family took up the project, with the first copy of the book coming off the presses in 2000.