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Circa 1924 Citizen of Norfolk County

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John S. Martin Hon. John S. Martin
"Minister of Agriculture, Province of Ontario. Born in Haldimand County, October 11th, 1876, son of George Martin and Clara Strickler. Educated at Public and High Schools, Port Dover; Toronto University; Ontario Normal College. Teacher at Port Dover High School, January 1899-1906; piano business, Port Dover, 1906-1910; in 1910 took up agriculture, specializing in high grade White Wyandotte hens. From a small flock of pure-breeds, the business has grown to be the largest Wyandotte farm in Canada, rearing over 6,000 birds annually. The consistent winning of the Regal Wyandottes at the leading poultry shows in America had built up a large export trade covering over quarter of the globe.  President, Canadian White Wyandotte Club, 1905 and 1906; President, National White Wyandotte Club, 1910 and 1911; Chairman of Financial Committee and member of Board of Directors, American Poultry Association, 1905-1924.  Elected to represent South Norfolk in Ontario Legislature, June 26, 1923; appointed Minister of Agriculture, July 16, 1923. Reeve of Dover, 1922-23. Chairman Finance Committee, Norfolk County Council, 1922-23; Chairman of Board of Education, 1915.  Past D.D.G.M., A.F. & A.M.  His farm and home overlook Silver Lake, Port Dover, Ont."

Source: Simcoe and Norfolk County published by Pearce Publishing, 1924
(Out of print. Copy available for inspection at Norfolk Historical Society.)
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