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Memorable Manitobans: Francis John Collyer (1865-1948)

Farmer, livestock breeder, local politician.

Born at Sussex, England, he came to Manitoba in 1882 to homestead in the Welwyn district. He became first Secretary-Treasurer of the Welwyn Farmer’s Elevator Company, became a director of the Grain Growers Grain Company in 193 and served as director of the United Grain Growers from 1916 to 1944. He was a member of the Canadian Council of Agriculture. A successful grain farmer, he also bred Aberdeen Angus and helped establish the Canadian Aberdeen Association. He was active in local government, being appointed a justice of the peace in 1894 and serving as chairman of the board of the Rutherglen Consolidated School. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2013

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