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Warren, William John Finley - 1973
Webster, Alexander James - 2001
Wesson, John Henry - 1973
Wheeler, Seager - 1972
White, William James - 1991
Whitehead, James - 1984
Whiting, Clifford Henry - 1992
Wildeman, Bradley Allan - 2008
Williams, Charles Melville "Red" - 1996
Williams, Sara E. - 2013
Williamson, Lily Campbell - 2007
Willmott, John Carman - 2005

PortraitWilliam John Finley Warren

William John Finley Warren was born at Balderson, near Perth, Ontario in 1873 and attended school there. He took up land in the Belbeck district in 1900, and in his lifetime achieved great distinction as a farmer, stockman and horticulturist. His high regard for the vocation of farming was demonstrated when in 1917 he enrolled in the School of Agriculture on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan, receiving a diploma in 1919. The following year he returned to the School for special studies.

The Warren farm at Belbeck became the show place of the district with its well-bred Aberdeen-Angus cattle, its carefully tended acres of seed grains, and an orchard and flower garden that delighted visitors from near and far. Warren exhibits were consistent award winners at horticultural shows.

William Warren was a well known exhibitor of cattle and the registered seed grain he grew so successfully, and won many honors with both at national and international exhibitions with the able assistance of his wife Annie, who was also a skilled horticulturist.

Among his many personal accomplishments were these: President of the Saskatchewan Cattle Breeders Association and of the Saskatchewan Aberdeen-Angus Breeders Association, president, and later honorary president of the Canadian Aberdeen-Angus Association: first vice-president of the Saskatchewan Registered Seed Growers Limited; president and secretary of the Moose Jaw Agricultural Society: honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Societies: director of the Saskatchewan Live Stock Board, from which he received an Honour Scroll in 1944, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the livestock industry in the province.

William Warren and his wife were ardent supporters of the Church of England. He served as lay delegate to the Diocesan Synod from 1926 to 1949, and as a member of the Social Service Committee-Council of Social Service from 1926 to 1944. He was also a member of the Executive Council of the Church in 1951 and 1952.

In May 1952, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In presenting him to the Senate Dr. V. E. Graham, then Dean of the College of Agriculture, ended the citation with these words:"His sterling character and his qualities of leadership are an inspiration to all who know him."

William Warren died in 1963. Up to the time of his death he was still active on the farm at Belbeck.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame by the
Moose Jaw Agricultural Society and the
Saskatchewan Aberdeen-Angus Association, 1974."

 

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