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Palmer, John Stanley - 1976
Partridge, Edward Alexander - 1972
Patterson, Cecil Frederick - 1973
Pattillo, Margaret H. - 1990
Pavlychenko, Thomas Karp - 1976
Pedersen, Gunnar Heg - 2007
Phelps, Joseph Lee - 1982
Phillips, Robert Howard Daniel - 2009
Poirier, Elaine Lucie - 2006
Porter, Albert John - 1987
Possberg, Florian - 2016
Potter, Evelyn Joan - 2011
Pugh, Roy McLean - 1981

Portrait Roy McLean Pugh

Roy Pugh, credited with building honey production in Saskatchewan from a hobby to an industry, was born in Toronto May 14, 1901. He received his early education in Toronto and then attended the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph where he obtained a bachelor of science in agriculture degree. This was followed by a master of science degree at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

On graduation in 1927 he was appointed Saskatchewanís first provincial apiarist and was given the task of introducing beekeeping on a commercial basis. Until then there had been but a small number of beekeepers with relatively few colonies.

At the Regina Exhibition in 1927 the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association was formed with Roy Pugh as its first secretary-treasurer. Under his guidance as provincial apiarist Saskatchewanís First Apiaries Act was drafted and an apiary inspection and extension service provided.

Honey production rose rapidly and joint action on processing and marketing was indicated. In 1939 the Saskatchewan Honey Producers Marketing Co-operative was formed with Roy Pugh as secretary and manager, a post he held for 26 years. Its first processing was done at Yorkton but in 1941 it moved to a new plant at Tisdale.

Roy Pugh represented this province on the Canadian Beekeepers Council and was secretary-manager of the Canadian Beekeepers Council, 1939-1959. Largely as a result of his efforts Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba honey co-ops formed Interprovincial Honey Sales which developed markets in Ontario, the Maritimes and Britain. He retired as provincial apiarist in 1948 and as manager of the Honey Producers Co-operative.

As part of his other activities Roy Pugh helped organize the Saskatchewan Bee Farmers Co-operative in 1943 and was its manager 1943-1980. This organization was designed to demonstrate how a honey business could be built. It operated 3,000 to 3,200 colonies in four units at Tisdale, Melfort, Valparaiso and Nipawin.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame
by Manitoba Co-operative Honey Producers Ltd., 1981."

 

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