Keith R. Danbrook
July 27, 1919
Keith Danbrook was born in Muir Ontario. He attended public school in Muir 1925 – 1932 and went on to Woodstock Collegiate Institute from 1932 – 1933. In 1934 the family moved south of Aylmer.
On March 1, 1941 he married Mary (Brackenbury) and they have seven children, Sharon, Carolyn, Brenda, David, Thomas, Michael and John.
On March 20th 1941 Keith reported for duty and training in the Army in Chatham, Ontario. Keith started full time farming with his father in December 1942. Keith and his family moved to a farm near Mapleton in 1950. That farm was sold and they moved in 1974 to the present farm just outside Tillsonburg, but still in Elgin County.
Keith Danbrook has farmed in Elgin County for many years raising Jersey cattle. He was President of Western Ontario Jersey Club in 1968 and President of the Ontario Jersey Club
in 1970. He was a field person from 1978 – 1986 for the Canada Farm Labour Pool, Elgin County. Keith has been a long time poultry farmer showing poultry since 1948 at the Aylmer Fair and long term member of County Poultry Club, Chairman in 1996. Keith has inducted into the Poultry Hall of Fame in 2000.
In 1959 Keith and Mary received the Farm Family of the Month from CFPL-TV’s Co-op Farm Show for Agriculture and Public Welfare, signed by Roy Jewell. Keith is proud of training a team of oxen in time for the 1985 International Plowing March in Elgin. The full brother team of three was Elmer, Delmer and Denny.
On July 27, 1989 he opened Hickory Grove Agricultural Museum. It houses a full collection of primitive tools and various pieces of farm machinery. Keith has a huge collection of cast iron implement seats. He has exhibited items from the Museum at fairs and plowing matches. The museum has been one of the host stops for the Elgin Canavan Tour and the Shunpiker Tour.
In Keith’s early years, he attended Lakeview Baptist Church. Today, he attends and supports Faith Baptist Church in St. Thomas.Further involvement within his community includes:
– President of Tillsonburg Fair 1982-83
– Director with Aylmer Fair Board
– Aylmer Senior Citizen of the Year in 1999
– Member of Ontario Heritage Foundation
– Elgin Agriculture in the Classroom
– Judging the Herdsmen Award and 4-H exhibits at the Aylmer Fair
– Exhibiting items from his museum and poultry at area fairs, promoting agriculture and educating young and old throughout Ontario.