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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

PortraitFred Thompson

Prominent Canadian Jersey breeder and showman, Fred Thompson was born on the family homestead near Fairlight, April 8, 1908. His father, Henry Thompson, began the Grafton Jersey herd in 1910 so Fredís earliest recollections are of working with these trim, high butterfat producing dairy cattle.

Henry Thompson lost his right arm in a threshing machine accident so as soon as Fred completed his grade eight he left school to take on much of the responsibility for the farm.

In 1924, at the age of 16, Fred took a carload of Jerseys on the western fair circuit. In 1926 Grafton Jerseys made their first appearance at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair showing a bull which won the reserve grand championship. In 1931 the herd travelled the Prairie fair circuit and went on to British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, winning prizes as it went, including the female grand championship at Portland, Oregon. This was the first time a Canadian entry had topped the big Portland show.

Fred took over ownership of the family farm in the mid-1930s in 1936 he married Lorna Lamb of Treherne, Manitoba.

Highlight of his show career came in 1971 when a Grafton bull was named grand champion at the Toronto Royal. This same bull was sold to the United States and when shown at the All-American show in Columbus, Ohio, he was named All-American champion.

Fred was in demand as a show judge and has placed dairy classes at Torontoís Canadian National Exhibition, Vancouverís Pacific National Exhibition and summer fairs at Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Brandon and Winnipeg.

He served as councillor of the R.M. of Maryfield for 18 years and as leader of the local beef and dairy 4-H club for 15 years. He served on the Fairlight school board, on the Wheat Pool committee, on the curling club executive and as a hockey coach. Provincially, he was secretary of the Saskatchewan Jersey Cattle Club and served on the board of Canadian Western Agribition. He is an honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Dairy Association.

Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1984
by RM of Maryfield No. 91 and the Saskatchewan Dairy Association.

 

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