There were three inducted in 1999 – Walter Rogers, Ed Kalita and Stewart (Bud) Brown
Walter Irving Rogers
1890 – 1972
Walter Irving Rogers was born in Malahide Township, June 4, 1890. He attended S. S. 13 Yarmouth Public School and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas, then Ontario Agricultural College. He married Voilet McCausland who died and then Elizabeth Dundas and had one daughter, Faith. The fruit and dairy farm Walter grew up on and worked most of his life has been in the family for 6 generations of Rogers.
1909 – 1920 Walter had a dairy farm near Aylmer
1920 – 1963 he farmed on Fruit Ridge Line
1930 President of the Norfolk Berry Growers
1949 President of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers
Director of the Elgin Co-op Services.
Secretary of East Elgin Reform Association in 1916 and President in 1933
Elgin Historical Society Executive
1933 Sparta Library
Elgin County Library Association
Secretary/Treasurer -St. Thomas Kiwanis Club
1950 Chairman of Agriculture Committee
1949 Kanagio Yacht Club Commodore
1933 President of Elgin Liberal Association –
Deacon of Sparta Baptist Church
Director on YMCA
Alma College board
Elgin County Board of Education
Edward Kalita was born in Hamilton in 1930. He attended public school in Fairground, ON and high school in Delhi, ON. He graduated from Tillsonburg Business School. Ed started tobacco farming in Norfolk County. He purchased a farm and moved to West Elgin in 1962. He farms 700 acres of corn and soybeans. He married and has 10 children – 5 boys and 5 girls.
Director of Elgin Federation of Agriculture – 5 years
President of Elgin Federation of Agriculture – 2 years
Elgin County Director to the OFA – 5 years
OFA Rep to Conservation County of Ontario – 2 years
Charter Member of Ontario Corn Producers Association – 10 yrs
President of Ontario Corn Producers Association – 3 years
Past chairman – Corn Advance Payment Program Past chairman
Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council Past Chairman
Ontario Grain Corn Committee Past Member
Grain Financial Protection Board
4-H Club Leader in Norfolk County
4-H Club Leader in Elgin County
Boy Scout Leader
Separate School Trustee for 2 years in Norfolk County
Separate school trustee for 2 years in Elgin County
Charter member of Knights of Columbus county 1974 to present
Stewart C. (Bud) Brown
1932 – 1998
Stewart Campbell (Bud) Brown was born in St. Thomas, November 23, 1932. He attended elementary school in the Shedden area and then to St. Thomas Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas. He graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in 1956 in the Animal Husbandry course. Ken farmed with his father Stewart E. Brown and his brother Duncan. He married Doreen and had 7 children – David, Cathy, Mike, Karen, Paul, Linda, and Allan.
Member of Elgin Cattlemen’s Association – late 1950’s
Director to the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association – late 1960’s
President of Ontario Cattlemen’s Association 1973 -1974
1997 -Involved in a 4 Country Alliance (Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia) that were importing/exporting beef. This alliance was created to improve the communications regarding beef exporting.
President of Canadian Cattlemen’s Association – 1978 – 1980
Director of Ontario Stockyards Board and Vice Chair – 1970 – 1980
1980 – 1996 – Owner/manager of Southwestern Ontario Stockyards Ltd in Melbourne.
President of Ontario Livestock Auction Markets Association – late 1980’s
President of Livestock Auction Markets of Canada – 1994- 1995
Member of Bethany United Church in Shedden serving as a Steward, Trustee, choir member and other committees.
Helped his children in 4-H clubs, especially beef.
Active in sports in high school and college and tried out for the Ottawa Roughriders.
Bud was a well-respected individual in his community and beyond. His contributions to the local, provincial and Canadian beef industry are extensive and to be recognized by the local agricultural industry is fitting.