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Delage, Maurice Allan - 2012
Delahey, Marjorie Elizabeth - 2002
Delury, Abigail - 2005
Dixon, Sophia Hansine - 1994
Dosman, James A. - 2011
Douglas, James Moffat - 1976
Downey, Richard Keith - 1996
Ducie, Emma - 1977
Ducie, Alma Helene - 1991
Dunning, Charles Avery - 1973
Dyck, Alfred H. - 1991

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James Moffat Douglas

James Moffat Douglas was born and received his early education in the county of Roxborough in Scotland, and came with his parents to settle on a small farm near Cambray, Ontario, in 1851. Through studies at the University of Toronto, Knox College, and Princeton Theological Seminary he obtained a degree in theology, and was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, serving with churches at Cobourg and Uxbridge for a number of years. His studies included a short course in medicine, in preparation for service in the field of foreign missions.

In 1878, James Douglas went to lndore in Central India where he served as a medical missionary and chaplain of a British Army garrison. On his return to Canada in 1882, he became minister at Morris and later at Brandon, Manitoba, serving there until 1887.

In 1883 Rev. Douglas and two of his sons drove west by team and buckboard to Fort Ellice in the Qu'Appelle Valley. Impressed by the beauty of the Valley and its resemblance to their homeland in Scotland, the Douglas family acquired homesteads near the site of the village of Tantallon, named by Rev. Douglas after the ancestral seat of the Angus branch of the Douglas family.

Rev. Douglas continued in the ministry until 1898; in rural charges he learned at first hand about the problems faced by his farmer-parishioners in the marketing and transportation of their grain, and their uneven struggle to secure something resembling economic justice at the hands of railway and grain handling companies. That struggle led James Douglas, a man of great compassion, to become involved with the agrarian movement. He was active first in the short-lived North-West Farmers Protective Association in 1883, and in the early 1890s became an eloquent and effective spokesman for the Patrons of Industry, an organization which was largely responsible for his nomination as an Independent candidate in the federal election of 1898. He was elected with a large majority, and in the House of Commons at once became recognized as a staunch advocate of the rights of western farmers.

The legislation he introduced in 1898 to compel railway companies to improve loading facilities at grain elevators, to distribute boxcars more evenly among farmer patrons, and to curtail the many abuses suffered by farmers in the marketing of their grain, was embodied in the Manitoba Grain Act of 1900. That Act provided western grain producers with a greater measure of economic justice than they had ever known.

James Douglas withdrew from politics in 1904, but continued to be actively interested in farmers and their welfare. He nominated Walter Scott, Saskatchewanís first premier, for leadership of the Liberal party in 1905; in 1908 he was appointed as one of the four Senators to represent the new province of Saskatchewan.

Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame
by Agriculture Canada, July, 1976."

 

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