Three individuals were inducted in 2008 – Henry Helder, Bruce Lyle and Hugh Lyle
Henry was born in Reeuwyk, Holland. He attended elementary school in Holland up to grade 7. Henry came to Canada in 1949 to Harrietsville area. He worked for Homestead Ayrshires when he first came to the area. He took a short Dairy course at the University of Guelph and accounting course taken through the Adult Learning Centre in St. Thomas.
He married Alaine in August 1978 in Aylmer and have 2 children,
Henry Allen, and Mike.
Henry worked on the family dairy farm, Creek Home Ayrshires, with parents Alle and Zwaantje Helder 1953 to 1977. Henry and brother Bernie, owned the farm in partnership 1977 to 2002. They achieved several award such as the highest herd B.C.A. in Canada for Ayrshires in 1982 and near the top for herd B.C.A. in Elgin for all breeds for a number of years. Henry also received numerous high production awards for Ayrshire in Ontario and Canada, as well as Reserved Junior Champion Ayrshire at the Royal Winter Fair. He showed cattle at the International and National Shows in the U.S.A. In addition to farming, Henry worked as a route man for Piet Verheul’s Surge dealership for 33 years. In 2002, they held a very successful herd dispersal.
Henry sold his farm to his son Henry Allen and his wife Adrienne in 2006 and moved into Aylmer. He continues to help his son with his dairy heifer enterprise and related farm activities.
Henry is a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Aylmer, serving as an Elder, and has been involved in youth work.
East Elgin Agricultural Society (Aylmer Fair Board) for 40 years
Cattle committee of the Western Fair for 35 years
Official judge at 10 colour breed shows and two 4-H show
4-H member of the Belmont Dairy Club
4-H leader for 50 years, presently President of the Elgin 4-H Association
Past President of the Elgin County Junior Farmers Association
Been on various Junior Farmer Judging Teams
Junior Farmer Speaking competition
Played organized soccer in Aylmer for many years
Coached various soccer teams for 18 year in East Elgin Played and coached hockey in the Aylmer Minor Hockey Assoc.
Volunteer with the Cancer Fundraising drive for 18 years.
In 2006 Received the Ayrshire Ontario Appreciation Award and Recognized by the Elgin County Holstein Club for his contribution to the Holstein industry in Elgin through his 4-H involvement.
In 2007 awarded the Senior Citizen award from the Town of Aylmer.
Bruce Alexander Lyle
1924 – 2003
Bruce was born in St. Thomas and attended S. S. 14 Southwold Public School and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. Bruce and his brother Hugh farmed with their father Alex, on Fingal Line. The farm operation grew wheat, soybeans, corn and hay and raised beef cattle. They took over the operation after the death of their father in 1950.
Bruce married Eleanor Joyce (Hutchison) on April 17, 1954 and had 3 children; Nancy, Paula and Brian.
Fovant Farms Ltd. was established in 1978. They enlarged the operation in 1978 and 1983 by purchasing neighbouring farms. They built a hog operation and upgraded the cattle feedlots and built new silos. Bruce and Hugh were named Pork Producer of the Year in 1993. As well as doing custom work, they catered barbecued dinners for many farm and other organizations using their pork and beef. Bruce’s son, Brian and Hugh’s son, Sandy became partners and now own operate Fovant Farms Ltd.
Bruce was a school board member for S.S. 14 Southwold for a number of years until 1964 and the formation of Southwold Central School.
He was Councillor, Deputy Reeve and Reeve of Southwold Township 1964 – 1974 and on the Elgin County Council. Bruce was a member of Central Elgin Junior Farmers Association – President 1948. He was also in the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association and Ontario Pork Producers Association.
Bruce was an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church in St. Thomas for over 50 years, and an active elder. Further involvement within his community includes:
Member of the Masonic Lodge – Warren Lodge
Master of Warren Lodge
Member of Palestine Chapter #54
Hi-Ro Shrine club of St. Thomas, – member of Clown Unit
Mocha Temple Shrine club – London
Secretary of District Deputy Grand Master of St. Thomas 1994
Named Grand Steward 1995
President of Elgin-Norfolk C.A.A 1988 – 1990
Member of St. Thomas Curling Club
Past President of the Senior Men’s Curling 1999
Bruce was a life-long fixture of the community and offered his leadership in many organizations. His hard work ethic and his passion for his family and community served as an example for all who knew him.
Hugh Futcher Lyle
1927 – 2006
Hugh was born in St. Thomas and attended S. S. 14 Southwold Public School and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. Hugh and his brother Bruce farmed with their father Alex, on Fingal Line. The farm operation grew wheat, soya beans, corn and hay and raised beef cattle. They took over the operation after the death of their father in 1950.
Hugh married Donna Marie (Ferguson) on August 19, 1950, and had 5 children; Glenn, Judith, Linda, Donald (Sandy), Diane.
Fovant Farms Ltd. was established in 1978. They enlarged the operation in 1978 and 1983 by purchasing neighbouring farms. They built a hog operation and upgraded the cattle feedlots and built new silos. Bruce and Hugh were named Pork Producer of the Year in 1993. As well as doing custom work, they catered barbecued dinners for many farm and other organization using their pork and beef. Hugh’s son, Sandy and Bruce’s son, Brian became partners and now own operate Fovant Farms Ltd. Hugh was active in 4-H and Elgin County Junior Farmers as well as a board member of the Elgin Co-operative Services serving as President. He was also in the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association and Ontario Pork Producers Association.
Hugh was a Councilor, Deputy Reeve and Reeve of Southwold Township and Warden of Elgin County in 1992.
Hugh was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas for over 50 years and an active elder. Further involvement within his community includes:
Member of St. Thomas Curling Club – President 1967
Member of the Masonic Lodge – Warren Lodge
Master of Warren Lodge
District Deputy Grand Master of the St. Thomas District of Masonic Lodges
Member of the Scottish Rite and past Thrice Pusissant Grand Master, London Lodge of Perfection
Member of the funding committee for dyslectic children (Scottish Rite)
Honorary 33 degree member of the Scottish Rite in 1996
Member of Mocha Temple Shrine and St. Thomas Hi-Ro Shire club and the Clown Unit
Chaired the Pop Can Committee to support the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital
Past President St. Thomas Curling Club 1968
Hugh took a leading role in all organizations to which be belonged. He served on the executive and continued to serve with his advice and labour to ensure each organization was successful