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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

PortraitJames Whitehead

James Whitehead, sheep breeder, showman and registered seed grower, was born in Nottinghamshire, England, October 27, 1896. He attended school there and worked for a time driving pit ponies in a Sheffield coal mine.

He came to Canada with his family in 1913 to a farm near Saskatoon. The first connection with sheep was established when James Whitehead received four imported Shropshire sheep in lieu of wages owing. These proved to be good quality show sheep and formed the basis for future show ring successes. James later imported other Shropshires from Britain.

Jim Whitehead served in the Canadian Army during the First World War and on his return promptly returned to the fair circuit. He showed the champion Shropshire ram at the first Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in 1919. In subsequent years he showed potatoes, sheaves, forage crops, threshed grain, five breeds of sheep, pigs, steers, horses and poultry but he was best known for his sheep. He exhibited his wares at Toronto, Ottawa, Guelph, Chicago, Vancouver, the World Grain Show in Regina and Prairie shows and exhibitions. Some years he spent as long as six months on the show circuit. He retired from showing sheep in 1979.

One of his achievements in the seed growing area was development of a potato variety which was named Whitehead Early Ohio.

He was a director for 40 years and president for two years of the Saskatchewan Sheep Breeders Association, and also a director of the Canadian Sheep Breeders. He helped found the Saskatchewan Certified Seed Growers and was president for five years. He was a director of the Toronto Royal for two years and director of Saskatoon Exhibition for 22 years. In 1971 the Saskatoon Exhibition named him an honorary director. He was an original member of Saskatoon Co-operative Association.

The International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions gave him its award of achievement. In 1976 he received the Canadian Sheep Breeders recognition award. In 1963 the Saskatchewan Livestock Board presented him with a scroll for valuable service to community, province and the livestock industry.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1984
by the Saskatchewan Sheep Breeders Association, Saskatoon
Prairieland Exhibition and Saskatchewan Livestock Association."

 

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