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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

PortraitJohn Henry Wesson

John Henry Wesson was born near Sheffield, England. In 1907 the family came to Canada, settling on a homestead near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. Almost immediately on arrival, the 20-year-old "Jack" Wesson became involved with the affairs of the Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association, serving as a board member from 1917 to 1924. He was a persuasive exponent of the principle of co-operation, and was active in the organization of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Elevator Company, the forerunner of the Wheat Pool in 1917.

In 1924, Jack Wesson was elected to the board of directors of Saskatchewan Co-operative Wheat Producers Limited, later to be known as the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. He became Pool president in 1937, on the death of Louis Brouilette, and continued in that role until his retirement in 1960. He was active in bringing most of the major farm organizations of Canada together in the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in 1937, and became first president of that organization. Following the end of World War II, he worked with leaders of farm movements in other countries to bring about the establishment of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers.

In recognition of his contribution in helping to mobilize the full resources of agriculture in the support of Canadaís war effort, he was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1946.

The University of Saskatchewan in 1961 conferred upon Jack Wesson the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. The citation presenting him to convocation contained these words:

"His voice became the voice of Prairie wheat farmers and upon occasions, the voice of the whole of Canadian agriculture. With purpose and dignity he spoke, and was listened to, in provincial, national and international councils. Wherever the welfare of the Canadian farmer was discussed, John Wesson was to be found, and the weight of his judgment and influence were to be felt".

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame
by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, 1973."

 

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