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MacFarlane, John Duncan -1979
MacKay, Angus - 1973
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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
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Morris, George Henry - 1977
Moss, Harold Charles - 1991
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Portrait William Miller

Born in Scotland in 1832, William Miller came to Canada in 1853, settling on a farm in Ontario. Attracted by reports of the success of the Red River settlement established by Lord Selkirk, William Miller decided in 1874 to move to Western Canada and settle near Prince Albert. Since the land had not been surveyed, the settlers had to locate their homesteads as best they could, and in effect became "squatters". William Miller is believed to have been the first farmer in the Prince Albert area, and in the years following his arrival, many others followed his example.

When the land was finally surveyed, much of the land already settled had to be turned back to the Crown, the Hudsonís Bay Company, and the Canadian Pacific Railway. The result was that many of the early settlers who had toiled so hard to establish farms were due to lose their lands.

At the time, because there was no municipal organization, and no representative at the federal government level for what was then the North West Territories, settlers faced with eviction from their lands were without a means of bringing their plight to authorities who were in a position to call a halt to the injustices they suffered.

In October, 1883, members of the farm community met in a mood of desperation to try to organize some means of getting through to the federal authorities with the facts of their plight. William Miller emerged at the meeting as an articulate and understanding spokesman for the group. He persuaded his irate neighbors that they should form a committee which would join in an alliance with other groups suffering similar injustices in their struggle to establish security of tenure on their farms. The meeting elected him president of the new committee to be called the Settlersí Rights Association; William Miller thus became the first leader of a western Canadian farmersí protest group, established some time before the North West Farmers Union came into existence.

William Millerís staunch belief in British justice and fair play led him to persuade his followers that militant action would be wrong, and settlersí rights would be far more easily and permanently established through well prepared, reasonable appeals to the federal authorities. In accepting Millerís judgment, the settlers decided they must reject the militants led by Louis Riel, and try to secure their rights by peaceful means.

In 1884, the Lorne Agricultural Society was formed at the urging of William Miller. The Society functioned not only as an organization concerned with farming, but as an ad hoc local council with access to government authorities, until such time as municipalities were set up in the area, and the usual municipal institutions established. When the Prince Albert East School District was organized, William Miller was elected president, a position he held until his death in 1904.

Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame by
the Prince Albert Exhibition Association. 1975.

 

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