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Edwards, Donna - 2017
Edwards, George F. - 1984
Elder, Harry-Jae - 1999
Eliason, Frank - 1973

PortraitGeorge F. Edwards

George F. Edwards, an active worker in Saskatchewanís farm movement, was born June 7, 1878, at West Ham, Essex, England. He came to Canada with his family in 1881, settling first in Cornwall, Ont., and then moving to Toronto where he learned the bookbinding trade.

He came to Saskatchewan in 1905, homesteading near Earl Grey. Five years later he moved to Markinch where he farmed until retirement in 1950.

From the beginning he took an interest in public affairs. In 1912 he was elected reeve of Cupar municipality and occupied that position for 10 years. He joined Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association and became part of the group pushing for political action to deal with the problems of the day. He never sought office in provincial or federal elections but worked for candidates of the Progressive movement.

George Edwards was elected SGGA vice-president in 1922 and president in 1924. He worked for organization of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and represented SGGA on the Poolís provisional board. In 1928 he was elected president of the Canadian Council of Agriculture and throughout his career was an active proponent of national farm organization. When the SGGA and the Farmers Union of Canada amalgamated to form United Farmers of Canada, Saskatchewan section, George Edwards was chairman of the first board. Later he was elected vice-president of the permanent board and for many years served as head of the research department.

He supported Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance Association and served as board member from 1918 to 1922 and 1922 was vice-president.

When an egg and poultry pool was formed George Edwards had charge of the organizational work. He was chairman of the livestock marketing board which took steps resulting in later formation of the livestock pool. He was appointed to the Saskatchewan Debt Adjustment Board in 1931 and worked with that body until the 1940s. He served on the executive of the On-to-the-Bay Association from 1924-l 943. Although glaucoma took away his eyesight in the 1940s he remained a vigorous spokesman for causes in which he believed at farm organization meetings.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1984
by the National Farmers Union, Saskatchewan Municipal
Hail Insurance Association and the RM of Cupar No. 218."

 

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