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Farley, William Manly - 1998
Farquharson, James - 1977
Fast, Harold - 2015
Faye, Zennith Keith - 2013
Flaten, Glenn Eric - 1998
Fowler, Henry Llewellyn - 1980
Fox, Jonathan - 1981
Freitag, Rudolph - 1995
Friggstad, Olaf - 1997

PortraitOlaf Friggstad

Olaf Friggstad, farm machinery innovator and manufacturer, was born at Frontier, June 29, 1921. He completed his high school at Frontier and pursued farming as a career.

In May, 1970, Olaf and two of his sons used ideas they developed for machinery improvements to form the basis for a new company, Friggstad Manufacturing Ltd. Their mainstay product was the Friggstad cultivator, designed to cope with stony land and trash cover. A popular feature with farmers was this cultivatorís unique design allowing flexibility between the sections, assuring even penetration. The Friggstad product line gained such respect and demand in western Canada, the United States and Australia that within 12 years, production staff at the Frontier plant grew from six to 180 and up to 100 in Havre, Montana, and Fargo, North Dakota.

The firm diversified into rock pickers, bale wagons, land levellers, tine harrows and air seeders. The presence of the Friggstad plant greatly helped the economy of Frontier and southwest Saskatchewan.

Olaf was an active worker in his community and beyond it. He served as reeve of the Rural Municipality of Frontier No. 19, board member of the Prairie Implement Manufacturers Association, chairman of the Frontier Credit Union, chairman of the Wheat Pool Committee, chairman of the Frontier Co-operative, Sunday School superintendent, deacon of the Bethel Lutheran Church and zone leader of Gideons International. For 35 years he travelled extensively as lay evangelist to churches, conferences and Bible camps.

In 1981 he was named an honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, in recognition of his contributions to the farming industry of this province. In 1982 he was installed as a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1988 he was made an honorary life member of Gideons International in Canada.

When Saskatchewan agriculture was forced into rapid retrenchment by the recession of the 1980s, the Friggstad firm went into receivership. However, its assets, including advanced machinery designs, were purchased for use by Flexi-Coil and so they continue to benefit farmers in Canada, the United States and other countries of the world.

"Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1997
by Flexi-Coil, Honey Bee Manufacturing Ltd. and
Haukaas Manufacturing Ltd."

 

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