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| John Mitchell
John Mitchell was born at Bradwardine, Manitoba, and attended public school at Griswold. The family moved to Saskatchewan to a homestead in the Marsden district in 1910. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916, and was wounded at the Battle of Paschendale in November, 1917.
Following his return to Saskatchewan in 1918, John Mitchell enrolled in an Associate Course in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and in 1924, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, majoring in soils science. During the summers of that period he was employed in field work with the Soldiersí Settlement Board. After graduation he became an instructor in the Soils Science Department of the College of Agriculture, taking over as acting head in 1929, the year in which he received a Master of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin. He resumed graduate studies at that institution in 1930, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1931. He became Head of the Soils Science Department in 1934.
John Mitchellís entire career was dedicated to a better understanding of the many soil types of Saskatchewan, and to this end he was actively involved with the direction of Saskatchewan Soil Survey, which was set up in 1924 to undertake the classification and mapping of the soil resources of the Province, in the area of farm settlement and beyond it.
The Survey, which led to vast changes and improvements in land use, brought international recognition to John Mitchell and his colleagues, and remains as a permanent tribute to a man whose nature combined the attributes of a first-class scholar and scientist, eminent teacher and counsellor, and a warm and friendly human being.
Among many other honors, he was a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2010 by the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation and the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.