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- Dr. Seager Wheeler
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Seager Wheeler was born in England in 1868. After immigrating to the North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) in 1885, Wheeler worked on his uncle's farm near Clark's Crossing and was a laborer in and around Moose Jaw. On April 1, 1890, he applied for a homestead on NE16-38-4-W3 in the Rosthern district and began farming. In 1898, he purchased 190 acres of land in the Rosthern district on which he established Maple Grove Farm.
Shortly after establishing his farm, Wheeler began educating himself on dry land farming techniques and seed selection and production. He joined the Canadian Seed Growers Association and began obtaining seed samples from various experimental farms. In 1911, Wheeler won first prize for the best hard spring wheat grown in North America at the New York Land Show. He won additional world championships for wheat produced on his farm in 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1918. During his farming career, Wheeler developed new strains of wheat (Marquis 10B, Red Bobs and Kitchener) and introduced horticultural species that could withstand the harsher climate and shorter growing season on the prairies. Wheeler wrote and spoke extensively on farming techniques; his book "Seager Wheeler's Book on Profitable Grain Growing" was published in 1919. Wheeler retired from farming in 1947 and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he died on December 15, 1961.
Wheeler received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to prairie agriculture. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Queen's University in 1919, was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1945) and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame (1972). Maple Grove Farm was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1996.
Wheeler married Agnes Lillian Martin on December 17, 1908. He and his wife had four daughters.
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