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MacEwan, John Walter Grant - 1991
MacFarlane, John Duncan -1979
MacKay, Angus - 1973
MacKay, Murdoch - 1994
Maharg, John Archibald - 1977
Martynse, Henry - 2005
McArthur, Neil - 1985
McConnell, Lillian Vigrass - 2001
McGillivray, Murray Ross - 2015
McKenzie, Roy - 1994
McMillan, Ivan - 1996
McNamee, Louis P. - 1972
McNaughton, Violet - 1972
McPhail, Hugh Duncan - 1999
McPhail, Alexander James - 1972
McRorie, Howard Douglas - 1995
Melville-Ness, Thomas Robertson - 1979
Mendel, Fred S. - 1990
Miller, William - 1975
Mitchell, Charles Stuart - 1986
Mitchell, John - 1973
Montgomery, Dale Kenneth - 2014
Morken, W.G. "Bud" - 1997
Morrall, Robin - 2016
Morris, George Henry - 1977
Moss, Harold Charles - 1991
Mossing, Oscar Johan - 2006
Motherwell, William Richard - 1972

PortraitJohn Walker Grant MacEwan

Popular historian, teacher and highly regarded counsellor to Prairie farmers, J.W. Grant MacEwan was born on a farm near Brandon, Manitoba, August 12, 1902.

The MacEwan family moved to the Melfort district in 1915 where they were to farm for 39 years. Grant completed his schooling at Melfort and then obtained a bachelor of science in agriculture degree at the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph. He won several awards on stock judging teams at the Toronto Royal and Chicago International Exposition. In 1928 he obtained his masters degree in animal science from the University of Iowa.

That same year he came to the University of Saskatchewan as a junior professor of animal science. He soon became a popular livestock judge at shows and fairs across Saskatchewan. He was also in demand as a speaker and demonstrator of farming techniques, particularly in livestock. It is estimated he talked to 40,000 people in one five-week period on the Better Farming Train that criss-crossed the province.

At the university he became professor of animal science, assistant and acting dean, farm manager and head of the School of Agriculture. During the 1930s his research showed it was possible to feed cattle on russian thistle when all other forms of forage had died due to drought.

He began writing books with Professor A.H. Ewen on animal husbandry, on general agriculture and on breeds on farm animals. These became texts for universities and for farmers. Later MacEwan launched out on his own writing history. His colorful prose made him a best-selling author with 44 titles to his credit.

In 1948 he moved to Manitoba to become dean of agriculture and home economics at the University of Manitoba. He returned to Saskatchewan for a few months in 1952 to serve as agricultural editor of The Western Producer. Throughout his career after leaving Saskatchewan, in Winnipeg, in Calgary and in Edmonton he maintained contact with agriculture in this province. Judging livestock for demonstrations and speaking engagements, he was a popular choice. In Alberta he worked first with the Canadian Council of Beef Producers, later as alderman and mayor of Calgary, as member of the Legislature and as lieutenant-governor.

He has honorary doctorate degrees from six universities, including the University of Saskatchewan.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1991
by Western Producer Publications, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association
and Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame."

 

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