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Manitoba Organization: Manitoba Grain Growers Association / United Farmers of Manitoba

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On 7 January 1903, farmers met at Virden and formed an organization with the primary aim “to deal with the pressing problems of grain marketing and the injustices to which farmers were subjected by other interests”. A subsequent meeting was held at Brandon, on 3-4 March 1903 with 75 people in attendance. They chose the name Manitoba Grain Growers Association for the organization, and elected an initial slate of officers:

Position

Incumbent

President

James William Scallion (1847-1926)

Vice-President

Richard Coe Henders (1853-1932)

Secretary

Roderick McKenzie (1850-1925)

Directors

Donald McEwen, Brandon

William Ryan (1842-1933)

W. A. Robinson, Elva

Daniel William McCuaig (1855-1928)

Jeff Wilson, Lenore

Hugh Alexander Fraser (1861-1947)

The Association began publishing the Grain Growers Guide in 1908.

In January 1920, the Association voted to change its name to the United Farmers of Manitoba, to clarify that it represented the interests of all farmers, not just grain farmers, and to align explicitly with like-minded organizations in Ontario and Alberta. The organization became actively involved in provincial and federal politics, fielding candidates nationally in the 1921 election, and provincially the next year. It took a majority of seats and, lacking a natural leader, invited John Bracken, Principal of the Manitoba Agricultural College, to assume the premiership.

Presidents

Period

President

1903-1904

James William Scallion (1847-1926)

1904-1905

William Ryan (1842-1933)

1905-1910

Daniel William McCuaig (1855-1928)

?-1919

Richard Coe Henders (1853-1932)

1920-1921

John Livingstone Brown (1867-1953)

1922

Colin H. Burnell (1880-1946)

1925-1928

Adalbert James Moses Poole (1881-1970)

1931-1932

William John Ward (1880-1971)

1933-1934

James Roy McPhail (1889-1971)

?

Peter Wright (1857-1938)

Secretaries

Period

Secretary

?-1925

William Robertson Wood (1874-1947)

Presidents (United Farm Women of Manitoba)

In 1912, the UFM admitted women as associate members and, the next year, went on record as favouring “votes for women on equal terms with men”. In 1914, its constitution was amended to recognize women as full members. A women’s section was formally organized in 1917 as the United Farm Women of Manitoba (UFWM).

Period

President

1917-1918

Mrs. Arthur Tooth, Elie

1918-1922

Janet Jaffray Wood (1863-1944)

1923-1924

Mrs. James Elliott, Cardale

1925-c1928

Mrs. S. E. Gee, Virden

c1928-1934

?

1934-1937

Maude Kerr Goodale (?-1942)

See also:

United Farmers of Manitoba (TimeLinks)

A Great Movement Underway: Women and The Grain Growers’ Guide, 1908-1928
edited and introduced by Barbara E. Kelcey and Angela E. Davis, 253 pages, 1997.

Manitoba Business: Grain Growers Guide / Country Guide

Sources:

“Grain Growers’ big convention,” Brandon Sun, 11 February 1904, page 15.

“Grain Growers third convention,” Brandon Sun, 16 February 1905, page 18.

“R. C. Henders, M.P., makes statement,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 July 1919, page 1.

“Federal political action favored by many districts,” Brandon Sun, 8 January 1920, page 1.

United Farmers of Manitoba, 25th Anniversary Year Book and Annual Convention Program, Portage la Prairie, 10-13 January 1928.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2020

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