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Taggart, James Gordon - 1976
Tait, Donald James - 2002
Teichrob, Carol - 2012
Thiessen, Isaac - 2002
Thiesson, Stuart Allan - 2007
Thomas, Robert Davidson - 1980
Thompson, Fred - 1984
Thompson, Douglas - 1984
Thomson, Wallace Alexander - 1978
Thomson, Leonard Baden - 1973
Thomson, Euphemia Jane - 1989
Trew, Beatrice Janet - 1978
Turner, Edward Kerr - 1995

PortraitEuphemia Jane Thomson

A lively interest in crafts, culinary arts and people led Euphie Thomson of Pense, Saskatchewan, to a lifetime of helping farm families cope with conditions on these rugged Prairies.

Euphie Douglas was born at Tantallon, October 4, 1901, received her elementary education in that district and high school at Moosomin. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in home economics in 1924. She taught for one year at Olds School of Agriculture in Alberta and then trained as a hospital dietitian in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She spent one year (1926) as home visiting nutritionist with children from the out-patient department at Childrenís Hospital in Winnipeg, an innovative program at its time.

In 1927 she married Wallace Thomson, a physics instructor at the University of Manitoba who also owned a farm at Pense. They moved to Pense full-time in 1933 and Euphie took up active community work.

She served 10 years as president of the Pense Homemakersí Club and went on to the presidency of the Regina-Moose Jaw district. She also served a term as provincial president. In 1936 she helped organize a local Homecraft Club and supervised it for more than 30 years.

The University of Saskatchewan extension department called on her services regularly to organize 4-H clubs, demonstrate crafts and judge sewing and food classes at fairs in Regina, Saskatoon and most other major provincial centres. The Thomson telephone was busy as farm women from a wide area sought her advice.

She experimented with growing vegetables and freezing various varieties. She wrote extension bulletins on this subject and on hooking rugs. Skilled at needlework, her wall hangings won prizes in New York and Australia.

Euphie Thomson served as president of the Saskatchewan Home Economics Association. She was a member of the curriculum committee that revised home economics courses in Saskatchewan high schools. During the Second World War she worked on the regional Wartime Prices and Trade Board. Her experience here convinced her of the need for a consumersí organization. She helped draft the resolution circulated through Womenís Institutes across the country that led to formation of what is now the Consumerís Association of Canada.

In 1976 she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan for her contributions to rural extension.

Nominated to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1989
by Saskatchewan Women’s Institutes and the Association of Saskatchewan Home Economists.

 

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