Will C. Barrie
(1884 - 1982)
Inducted in 1984
Origin: Waterloo Region
Nominated by: Ontario Plowmen's Association
Specialty: Crops - Seeds, Organizations
During his 98 years as a farmer in Water1oo County, Will Barrie influenced the lives of thousands. His interests were wide and his involvement wholehearted.
Early in life he was a leader in the Central Dumfries Farmers Club and the North Dumfries Plowmen's Association. He was founding director of the Ontario Plowmen's Association and served as President 1916-19. Over the years he served as coach to the Canadian plowing team at international matches and judged at local and provincial matches.
Mr. Barrie was a registered seed grower and President of the Canadian Seed Growers' Association (CSGA) in 1930. He showed seed at the first Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1922 and in 1936 was named a Robertson Associate by the CSGA.
Will Barrie was active in woodlot management and was a director of the Ontario Tree Farmers Association. He received the first Ontario forestry Award of Merit in 1973. He was also a founding Director of Doon Pioneer Village and received an OAC Centennial medal in 1974. In his later years he was known widely for the more than 4,500 hand-turned wooden gavels he donated to public figures and organizations.