2003 Inductees

Three individuals were inducted in 2003. Julien (Jud) Giles MartinRonald McNeil, and Edgar Walcarius.

Julien (Jud) Giles Martin

1926 – 2002

HF-2003-Jud_MartinJud Martin was born in Cobourg, Ontario, and moved to St. Thomas area in 1946. He was a graduate of the Ontario Agriculture College. He married Isobel Futcher in 1952.

Agricultural Accomplishments Jud was active in the following organizations:

  • Holstein Master Breeders
  • Breeders of Fairlea Royal Mark
  • President & Director of Elgin Co-op Services
  • Director of Ontario Swine Breeders
  • Director of Swine AI Association
  • Director of Elgin Soil and Crop Improvement Association
  • President & Director of Elgin Pork Producers
  • Member Farm Credit Appeal Board
  • Member of Elgin Land Stewardship Board
  • Helped in selection and Importation of first Devoc pigs from USA
  • Active member of Ontario Limousin Association 1973 – 2002
  • Original partner in First Line Seeds

Ronald McNeil

1920 –

HF 2003 Ron McNeilRonald McNeil was born January 15, 1920 in South Dorchester, Elgin County, Ontario. He grew up on the family farm near Lyons. He farmed with his father and brother Alex and today his family and relatives are very active in farming in Elgin County.

He married Doris in 1985, and she died in 2000.

Ron’s political career began in 1946 on the municipal council for South Dorchester. He served as reeve for South Dorchester from 1949 to 1952. In 1952 he became the Warden of Elgin, being the youngest candidate to win.

Ron was first elected as a member of the Legislature in a by-election in 1958, under the Progressive Conservative banner. He went on to be re-elected eight times, serving as the parliamentary assistance to the Minister of Agriculture from 1977 to 1985. He was defeated in the 1987 election.

One of Ron’s accomplishments was persuading the government to establish the Ontario Police College in Springfield in 1971.

Ron was the longest serving Progressive Conservative MPP – almost 30 years.

He returned to farming, cash crop and some beef, in the village of Lyons.

Agricultural Accomplishments

Ron was parliamentary assistance to the Minister of Agriculture, and was a member of the agricultural committee, contributing to government Ag. Policies. Ron made certain the Government was aware of the problems with erosion along the shore of Lake Erie and the amount of valuable farmland slipping into the lake. He recognized the diversity that existed in the agricultural industry and that the province needed to provide research and extension services.

Community Involvement

  • Ron belonged to the Masonic Lodge since 1944 and is a 32 degree Mason.
  • In 2002, he was awarded the Queen’s jubilee medal.

Ron put people first, and that trait is one each of us should bear in mind every day.

Edgar Walcarius

1930 –

Photo of Edgar WalcariusEdgar Walcarius was born in Tillsonburg and attended school at Lakeview P.S, Tillsonburg C. S., Dynboyne P.S and high school in Aylmer. He married Bertha (Uzas) and they have 5 children; Ricka, Rhonda, Roberta, Karen and Darren. He has lived and farmed south of Aylmer all of his life.

Agricultural Accomplishments

  • Committee member of Ontario Flue-cured Tobacco Marketing Board district #5
  • Past Chairman of Elgin County Wheat Producers
  • Member of Ontario Wheat Producers for 10 years
  • Past Chairman of Ontario Wheat Producers

Community Involvement

  • Knights of Columbus Third degree 1957
  • Past President of Knight of Columbus Club
  • Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus since 1963
  • Chairman of Parish Council – Our Lady of Sorrows church
  • Elgin County Separate School Board Trustee for 19 years
  • Member – Board of Aylmer District Credit Union
  • Chairman of Aylmer District Credit Union, 1973