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Memorable Manitobans: Allen McCoag McCallister (1879-1949)


Born in Grey North County, Ontario, of Scots descent, he came to Manitoba in 1897, eventually operating a dairy in Prairie Grove. In 1913 he bought a half section six miles north of Portage la Prairie, which he organized as a demonstration farm. Beginning in 1924, he began growing peas as a seed crop, eventually organizing the McCallister Pea and Seed Cleaning Plant in Portage, which exported peas around the world. He also added other seed crops. He helped found the Portage Credit Union, was president of the local Manitoba Federation of Agriculture, and the Manitoba Co-operative Livestock Association. He was councillor of his rural municipality (1932-40) and reeve (1940-49). He was a leading spirit in the building of a senior citizens home in Portage la Prairie.

He is a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


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

Page revised: 9 April 2008

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