The concept of the Perth County Agricultural Wall of Fame was put forth in order to honour those who have made significant contributions to the progress of agriculture in the County. The rural areas of Perth County have been cared for and cultivated by the hands of generations of dedicated farmers, and the time has come for these individuals to be recognized for their service to the agricultural sector. The roles that these individuals have played both in their professional and personal lives demonstrate their strength of character, outstanding leadership, and willingness for self-sacrifice. The dedication of these individuals for their careers, their communities, and their families becomes evident when reading about the legacies that continue to reverberate today. While it is clear that the rich Perth County soils are ideal for growing resilient tracts of crops and healthy herds of livestock, the individuals that occupy this Wall of Fame prove that Perth County has also raised an exceptional stock of farmers and agricultural workers.
This initiative has been made possible thanks to the financial and philosophical support of these organizations:
Beef Farmers Association of Perth County
Egg Farmers of Perth County
Farm Credit Canada
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Perth County Federation of Agriculture
Perth County Pork Producers
Perth County Soil and Crop Improvement
Perth Dairy Producers
Rotary Club of Stratford
David Carson, from Listowel, began his agricultural operations in the 1960s and today has customers in every province in Canada as well as throughout the United States.
He is a supplier of cattle to some of the largest dairy operations in the world but he is perhaps best-known as a breeder of Clydesdales. Progeny from his farm can be found on the streets of Toronto and New York City in the service of those police departments, more famously among the Budweiser Cydesdales in such in events as the Rose Bowl Parade.
It was his contribution to his communities that also impressed the committee.
In 2005 he opened the doors of his operation to the public and hosted the International Plowing Match with over 97,000 visitors.
He is a supporter of 4-H programs, the Listowel Agricultural Society, he volunteers and announces at many charity auctions and his company and staff were major contributors to the Listowel Hospital fundraising campaign.
Mary and John McIntosh
Mary and John McIntosh, from Perth South, both grew up on dairy farms in what was Downie Township and are still very proud to say they farm at Avonbank.
Mary and John have a wealth of community involvement in rural, agricultural, and community organizations past and present.
Both have been involved in Perth 4-H programs as members and leaders, as well as Junior Farmers, where John was Stratford Club President, Perth President and Director provincially.
Mary served as President of Perth Children’s Aid Society and Perth County Federation of Agriculture, as well as Director to OFA. She also served as the Perth Environmental Farm Plan Coordinator, and also Downie Ward Councillor in Perth South.
She currently chairs the Huron-Perth Presbytery of the London Conference for the United Church of Canada.
John was chair of the Ontario Agriculture Hall of Fame Milton Museum, sat on the Perth County Dairy Producer Committee and is the current chair of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation.
John has been Chair of different committees at three International Plowing Matches hosted in Perth County.
The Downie Mutual Insurance Board and the Farm Mutual Reinsurance Board of Canada have benefitted from John’s leadership.
He was also on the committee which changed Blanshard Municipal Telephone system and was a founding member of Quadro Communictions.
John and Mary were also the recipients of the 2015 Perth County Federation of Agriculture Recognition Award.
Allan Bain ( 1919-2001)
Allan was first and foremost a farmer and breeder of fine Holstein cattle. Born and raised in the Avonton area, he began his farming career in 1943 with 200 acres. The partial-grade Holstein herd was upgraded to purebred and enrolled on milk recording in 1947. He was the director and president of the Western Ontario breeders, director and president of Perth Holstein Club, and director for Holstein Canada.
Success with his Holstein herd was showcased by many Bainholm cattle, not the least of which was Bainholm Citation Melinda, who achieved excellence status, was the Grand Champion the Perth County Show, Reserve Grand at the London Championship Show, and was nominated as all-Canadian two years in a row. Allan was awarded the highest honour given to a Canadian Holstein Breeder—the Master Breeder Award. Allan died in 2001.
Nominated by: Ron McKay, Murray McGonigle, and Gary West
- Director and President of Western Ontario Breeders Association
- Awarded Master Breeder Shield
- President of the Perth County Holstein Club
- Director of Holstein Canada
Born in Peterborough, Pat completed his Masters of Science at the University of Guelph and began his career as a soil and crops adviser with the Ministry of Agriculture in Stratford in 1972. He soon became recognized for his vision, his skills in communication, and his expertise in crop and soil extension. After leaving OMAF, Pat worked as a crop consultant and took genuine pride in helping young farmers.
He was a well-known public speaker at the community, university, and government level. Pat greatly influenced crop production in Ontario for the benefit of the farmers, the environment, and the value chain. He has had speaking engagements concerning agronomic skills both nationally and internationally, including a speaking tour in South Africa to discuss soybean production. Today, he still works as a private crop consultant and with a wider scope of suppliers and farmers, as well as owning his own independent agronomist business since 2008. He has received many awards for in ingenuity, volunteerism, and foresight.
Nominated by: Thelma Smith (Perth County Soil & Crop Improvement Association) and Cain Templeton (Perth County Soil & Crop)
- Senior Agronomist at Cargill Consulting Group, Inc.
- Awarded the 2014 CCA Award of Excellence
Murray Selves (1934- 1985)
Murray grew up on a mixed farm in Fullarton Township and graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in 1957 in crop science. From humble beginnings, Murray jointly purchased a 100-acre home with his wife near his birthplace and soon began raising hogs in what he called a circle of life. He often mused: land grows crops, corn is fed to hogs, hogs produce manure, and the manure goes back on the land to maintain yield of corn and the product of the cycle is pork. Murray was a strong proponent of animal welfare and in the belief that it was the farmer’s responsibility to provide optimal living conditions beneficial for animal health and growth.
Murray was a visionary. In 1977, he developed insulated concrete wall barns that are still an industry standard. In 1981, he initiated a computerized feeding system and modified open-front barns designed to improve animal welfare. In 1982, he built an on-farm methane digester that produced electricity, an innovative, environmentally-conscious energy source that was well ahead of its time. Early in his career, he was a proponent of high moisture corn storage as an economical method of feed storage and preparation. Each time he developed a new idea he shared it with the industry, eager for the opportunity to play a role in the advancement of modern agriculture.
Murray died at age 51 in a sailing accident, but his ideas, creativity and inspiration essential to his role as an agriculture motivator live on, both in the community and as an integral part of his children’s identities.
Nominated by: Joanne Selves
2014 Inaugural Inductees:
Stewart Anderson (1930-2013)
Stewart began his farming career in the 1950s on the family farm located on the south side of Ontario St. between Burritt St. and C.H. Meier Boulevard, Stratford. Athlone Farms was moved to its present location in South Easthope Township in 1966, where it continues under the management of fifth and sixth generations of the Anderson family.
As a Perth County Dairy farmer and graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, Stewart showed exceptional leadership as both an outstanding business manager and as an active participant in many community organizations. He was aggressive in adopting and implementing new farming technologies while promoting safe environmental practices to protect water quality. Stewart was known for practicing “service above self”, a virtue that is clearly demonstrated in his commitment to farm and community organizations both locally and provincially.
Nominated by: The Rotary Club of Stratford and Helen Anderson and family.
- President of Perth County Junior Farmers
- President of Perth County Holstein Club
- President of Stratford District Co-operative
- Director of United Co-operatives of Ontario
- President of Stratford Agricultural Society
- Member of Perth County Milk Committee
- Trustee on the Perth County Board of Education
Willy Keller (1925-2012)
Willy was well known throughout Perth County in both the pork industry and with the Federation of Agriculture. An immigrant from Switzerland, he worked as a cheesemaker and operated a factory in Fullarton for Stacey Brothers, producing European-style cheeses, as well as attempting to initiate the sale of yogurt, the first individual to do so in the province. Market resistance due to Canadian unfamiliarity with these new products made the factory unviable, driving Keller instead to invest his energy instead into farming.
After abandoning mixed farming, which was most common at the time, Keller chose to specialize in raising pigs. From this moment onward, Keller maintained the belief that if a farmer focuses on an aspect of farming that they like the best, they will likely do the best. The success of his work in the promotion of cross breeding of York and Landrace Swine can be seen with its current reputation as a standard in the pork industry.
Along with his wife Clara, the Kellers were instrumental and active in the early years of the Ontario Pork Congress in Stratford. Willy passed away in 2012.
Nominated by: John Nyenhuis (Perth County Pork Producers) and Darryl Terpstra (Perth County Federation of Agriculture)
- Director of Perth County Federation of Agriculture
- Director of Perth County Pork Producers
- Board Director for Ontario Pork
- Member of Ontario Swine Research Committee
- Member of Ontario Swine Herd Health Advisory Committee
- Awarded 1976 Pork Producer of the Year
- Awarded 1984 Bicentennial Certificate of Merit of Contribution from the Province of Ontario
- Awarded 1986 Award for Service in Education & Research from the University of Guelph
- Awarded 1994 Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture from the Perth Federation of Agriculture
- Awarded CKNX Food and Beverage Award
Eric McLeod (1955- 2013)
Eric graduated from the University of Guelph in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He began his 35-year career with Dairy Farmers of Ontario in 1978 and initiated the idea of on-farm visits, as it was his belief that progress for the industry as a whole should rely on input from grassroots sources.
Eric’s advice was essential to many successful transitions in the industry, and in some cases worked with three generations of milk producers. As a milk quality inspector, he has a reputation for being firm but fair, and was very well-respected throughout the dairy industry, both in Perth County and provincially. Through an approach of careful and attentive listening, Eric represented both friend and a mentor to many local farmers.
Over the 35 years that he held his position, he attended 98% of the monthly Perth County Milk meetings, a further testament to his commitment to the industry. He also had strong ties in both the local minor hockey and baseball teams, which deepened his connection to the community at large.
Nominated by: Henry Wydeven (Perth County Milk Committee)
Field Service Manager for Western Ontario
Stratford Minor Baseball Association
Stratford Minor Hockey Association
Seven Charter Members
Terry B. Daynard (1943-)
Terry Daynard’s background in the corn industry is wide-ranging, as a corn producer, a corn researcher and educator at the University of Guelph, as Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Corn Producers’ Association (OCPA), as contributing editor of Ontario Corn Producer magazine and as President of the Ontario BioAuto Council. During the sixteen years he taught at the U of G, he influenced many students to make their careers in the grain industry and several of his PhD students have gone on to serve the grain and corn sector as researchers and educators. As a researcher, he has made important contributions to the corn industry in areas of corn physiology and hybrid development, grain development and photosynthesis, drought and stress resistance and primary tillage for maize production in Ontario. He built the OCPA into one of the most dynamic farm organizations in the province, while working to establish the Grain Financial Protection Fund. Through the Ontario Corn Producer magazine, he was instrumental in informing producers about such diverse topics as research innovation, bio-products, environmental practices and grain trade issues. One of Mr. Daynard’s key skills is his ability to create coalitions and partnerships to influence policy, innovation, growth and development in Ontario agriculture. Terry served as President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association which led to the establishment of the fuel ethanol industry in Ontario. There are currently six ethanol plants in Ontario, producing 800 million liters of ethanol annually, using 80 million bushels of corn per year. He and others formed the first AGCare Board (Agricultural Groups concerned about Resources and the Environment) to deal with environmental issues affiliated with agriculture. One important development was the Grower Pesticide Safety Course, now mandatory for any farmer purchasing or using agricultural pesticides. Terry helped to establish and later served as Chair of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, an association created to focus on the development of agriculture and food programs in Ontario, to ensure continuing innovation, business opportunities and new partnerships, and to develop new markets for grain beyond food and feed. He served as Chair of Ontario Agricultural Food Education which was formed to develop agricultural education resource materials so that Ontario school children have the opportunity to learn more about the province’s food chain. He was a chief author of “Our Farm Environment Agenda” which outlined the environmental principles and practices of Ontario producers and led to the development of the first Environmental Farm Plan initiative in Canada. Terry was successful in bringing the chemical, plastic, and agriculture and forest industries together to form the Ontario BioAuto Council in 2007 in order to create and commercialize biobased automobile technologies. He was also instrumental in creating the Agricultural Odyssey Group to develop strategic solutions, along with Ontario’s farm leaders, to economic and other issues confronting the agrifood sector. Those who work with Mr. Terry Daynard consistently describe him as a visionary, as extraordinarily productive, as an innovator, as a supporter of a sustainable agricultural environment and as a gifted communicator. Certainly, his numerous contributions to agriculture in Ontario and beyond have earned him a well-deserved place in the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Kenneth Lanz (1921-)
Kenneth Lantz rose through the ranks from Assistant Agricultural Representative to the post of Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF). He served as Director of Extension and supervised the 54 county and district offices of the Ministry. There he established the Farm Business Management Program as a vital dimension of the Agriculture Ministry’s service to commercial farmers. Ken’s dedication was acknowledged by the International Farm Business Management Association when Ontario was selected to host the 2nd World Congress with Ken as Chair of the Steering Committee. During the first six years when Crop Insurance was becoming established in Ontario, Ken Lantz served as Chair of the Commission to bring crop insurance to producers. Mr. Lantz established the Food Land Development Branch within OMAF leading to Food Land Guidelines which encouraged preservation of farmland. Ken Lantz contributed his expertise and influence to organizing the Ontario Agricultural Services Co-ordinating Committee and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario which assist in guiding the effective funding of research programs. Mr. Lantz guided an expanding active province wide 4-H program and served on the directorate of the Canadian Council of 4-H Clubs. As vice-chair and later chair he significantly influenced the Agricultural Rehabilitation and Development Directorate extensive farm consolidation, rural infrastructure and community based new enterprise program. Ken Lantz served on every major committee of the Canadian National Exhibition ensuring that agriculture maintained a presence at the show. He also served as it’s President. He is an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association and the Canadian Society of Rural Extension. He was named a “Fellow” of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, its highest award for a Professional Agriculturist. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Ken Lantz committed his outstanding administrative skills to the advancement of Ontario agriculture.
Peggy Knapp (1928-2014)
Born and raised in Perth County, Peggy Knapp has dedicated her life to increasing the awareness of women’s issues at home, across Canada and around the world. A champion of agriculture and rural affairs, she has had a profound influence on the lives of many people. Peggy has been a dedicated member of Women’s Institutes since 1950, and has served with distinction and held many offices at the branch, district and area levels. She was Provincial President of Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO), 1989-1991 and in 1992 was elected Canada Area President for the associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), an international organization active in 65 countries. Two ACWW projects, operating in consultation with the United Nations, are “Water for All” and “Women Feed the World”. These projects have had a dramatic impact on women and their families in many developing countries. In 1994 Peggy represented ACWW at the closing conference for the International Year of the Family in Montreal. Active in her local community, Peggy Knapp has served her Church, as President of her Home and School Association and as a Trustee of her local school board. She has served on the Advisory Boards of Ontario Agricultural College, Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario Agricultural Museum and on the Education Advisory Board for the Grand River Conservation Authority.
Peggy is currently President of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame and a member of the Executive and Agriculture Administration Committees of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Her organization and communication skills have served her well as leader on tours to the United Kingdom, Europe, South Pacific, Australia and Russia. In 1997 Peggy chaired the highly successful “Convention ‘97”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women’s Institutes. Peggy Knapp’s influence will be felt in this country and abroad for many years to come.
Robert W. Carbert (1921-1999)
A remarkable insight into the past and present of Ontario agriculture, combined with an articulate and literate bent, marked Robert William “Bob” Carbert’s life. Born and raised on a farm in Fullarton Township, Perth County, Bob received his education at a one-room school in Hibbert Township. He and his father raised, sold and exhibited Purebred Hereford cattle and as a young man, Bob was active in sports and music.
Following service in the Canadian army during World War II, Bob began a career in agricultural journalism with radio station CKNX in Wingham. For ten years, the last three in television and radio, Bob worked as Farm Director for the station. In 1958, he joined the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in Ottawa as Director of Information and Assistant Secretary and in 1962 moved on to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture as Secretary-Manager. A prolific freelance writer and journalist, Bob joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1964 as the Host and Researcher of the program Country Calendar. During this time, Bob also helped found the Eastern Canadian Farm Writers’ Association and for three years served as the Canadian Director in the National Association of Radio and Television Farm Directors. In 1968, he joined the Ontario Department of Agriculture’s Information Branch becoming the Executive Assistant to the Hon. Wm. A. Stewart, Minister of Agriculture. In 1974 Bob was appointed as the first employee of the Ontario Agricultural Museum. For the next nine years as General Manager, Bob’s vision and leadership led to the construction and development of one of North America’s foremost agricultural history sites. In the early years of the Museum’s development, Bob Carbert conceived the idea of an Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Under his supervision the Hall of Fame Association was established and he served as its first Secretary-Treasurer. Following his retirement in 1984, Bob continued to pursue a freelance journalism career and take an active part in community life in Wingham. In 1984 Bob was granted an Ontario Bicentennial Certificate of Merit and in 1987 an “Honourary Life Membership” in the Ontario Institute of Agrologists.
Norman McCully (1899-1978)
Norman Garfield McCully, born near St. Mary’s, Ontario, epitomized all that is good in rural leadership. A breeder of good livestock, a pioneer in new field crops like grain corn, a teacher for rural short courses and leader for Junior Farmers and 4-H Clubs, his influence in his community was very great. He was a popular judge of both livestock and field crops. He served as school trustee and assessor. Deeply concerned about soil conservation, he planted trees, long before this was popular to prevent erosion. A major effort was the improvement of Suffolk sheep as his flock provided foundation stock to flocks in several countries as well as Canada. He was a pioneer in the artificial insemination (AI) of dairy cattle and the first AI calf born into any commercial herd in Ontario was in his Holstein-Friesians. His herd was one of the first in Record Of Performance testing. A graduate in the Diploma Course of the Ontario Agricultural College in 1923, he believed in bringing practical education to rural young people and devoted his life to teaching, coaching and working with young farm people.
Honourable Samuel Nelson Monteith (1862-1949)
Samuel Nelson Monteith, a Perth County graduate from London’s Commercial College in 1882 and the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph in 1890, he served as Minister of Agriculture in Sir James Whitney’s cabinet from 1905 to 1908. During this time the first county Agricultural Representatives were appointed in Ontario. Nelson was instrumental in establishing the St. Williams tree Nursery in Norfolk County and the Monteith Farm for delinquent boys at the town of Monteith, a town that was named in his honour, in the Cochrane District of Northern Ontario. Under his jurisdiction, the grant program for reforestation and roadside tree plantings flourished. This was vitally important because many areas of the province had been denuded of trees to meet the insatiable demand for lumber used in building construction. In addition, cheese factory standards were improved, agricultural short courses were expanded, fruit farming was encouraged and the
quality of livestock in the province was upgraded. Mr. Monteith became a member of the North Perth Agricultural Society in 1878 and served for many years in various leadership roles including President. His political career spanned the years from 1891 to 1908 where he served on Downie Township Council, as Warden of Perth County Council, Perth County Commissioner and in the Ontario Legislature as the member for Perth South. The Monteith name dominated municipal, provincial and federal politics in Perth County for over 50 years. For 41 years, Mr. Monteith served as Director of British Mortgage and Trust, the last 24 as President. In 1910, he and a partner established telephone service between the city of Stratford and the town of St. Mary’s. His leadership, vision and dedication were instrumental in encouraging agricultural societies, mortgage and trust organizations and telephone companies to improve their service to rural Ontario. Nelson Monteith’s 86 years were crowned with esteem and were an inspiration to family, friends and associates. He died where he loved to be, in his orchard on his beloved Sunnyside Farm south of Stratford.
Gordon F. Bell (1920-)
Gordon Bell is unique in that he has made major contributions to two key agricultural sectors in Ontario: Holstein cattle and Standardbred horse breeding and racing. From 1956-1985, Gordon Bell worked for Holstein Canada where he provided the leadership and knowledge of pedigrees, type, and production to enhance the Holstein breeding programs in Canada and the United States. He served on the Sire Selection Committee to select the top bulls and developed, with Ross Butler, the first True Type Model Holstein cow and bull. He conducted judging schools throughout Ontario and beyond to train judges for local, provincial, national, and international shows. In 1968, he selected 400 bred Holstein heifers by eye for export to England. He promoted the international sale of Canadian Holstein bulls and semen for Semex, and he selected a show herd of Canadian Holsteins to be exhibited in France and another for Yugoslavia. All of these activities promoted international interest in Canadian Holsteins and led the way to a flourishing trade in Canadian dairy cattle. Mr. Bell also helped to organize the 4-H calf sale and the Shore’s Classic Sale. The subsequent availability of top 4-H calves helped to strengthen the 4-H dairy program across Ontario. Gordon was the first person to allow a Red and White Holstein to show at a championship show, thus paving the way for the growth of the Red and White Show at the Royal Winter Fair, and the subsequent sale of these cattle for several other countries. All the while. Gordon Bell was successfully breeding, training, and racing Standardbred horses. In 1972, he was one of the Founding Members of the Ontario Sires Stake Committee to promote the importation of good stallions from the United States and to initiate the Sire Stakes Racing Series. This all led to the improved quality of the racing stock, more competitive racing, increased winning purses, and the exponential growth of the racing industry in Ontario. Commercial breeding farms were established; more race tracks were built; many jobs were created and breeding stock from Ontario is highly sought after in Europe, Australia, and South America. The Ontario Sire Program is recognized by owners as the best in North America. Gordon Bell has been rightly praised as a man of vision, a man of integrity, and a man who gets things done.