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Memorable Manitobans: Harris McFayden (c1884-1941)


Born at Caledon, Ontario around 1884, he received his BSA from the Ontario Agricultural College in the same class with John Bracken. He became horticultural editor of the Family Herald and Weekly Star, then seed commissioner for Saskatchewan, then manager for the Garton Pedigree Seed Company in Winnipeg. In 1921 he started his own seed business, and by 1930 McFayden Seed Company was well established, with a field testing station at East Selkirk. Hallmarks of his trade were standard packaging, low prices, and a large catalogue business. He suffered a stroke and died at Winnipeg on 29 April 1941 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cooper House (180 West Gate, Winnipeg)


“Harris McFayden,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 1941, page 9.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2019

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