Agricultural Hall of Fame

Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame Announces 2022 Inductees

Western Fair District is pleased and proud to serve as the home for the Middlesex County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

The Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame, founded in 2000, recognizes the history and tradition of agriculture in Middlesex County. The primary objective of the Agricultural Hall of Fame is to recognize those who have demonstrated unselfish achievements within the realm of agriculture and service to the rural community in Middlesex County and beyond.

A yearly induction ceremony is held every March. To follow COVID-19 guidelines and to continue to honour the inductees as we have in the past, we will not host the 2021 MCAHF AGM & Induction Ceremony.

For More Information Contact:

Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame

Hugh Fletcher, Chair
 (519) 666-1572

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William F. Bradish

WILLIAM F. BRADISH (1899-1996) – Born and raised in Westminster Township, Bill was a well-respected cattle drover. His work in developing the export market for dairy cattle, especially Holsteins strengthened herds in Quebec, the US, Mexico, Cuba and the UK.  Bill was known for his honesty, integrity and his handshake - which was his word. It was as firm as any signed agreement. He was actively involved in the community; as a Board Member and Warden of Christ Church in Glanworth, a 50 year member of the Order of Odd Fellows, and as a School Trustee.  In 1985, the Bradish Farm hosted the International Plowing Match for Elgin County.  There are many farm families in this area who were impacted by Bill’s dedication to helping those families start dairy herds. With this nomination, Bill is being acknowledged for the influence he had in the area, but more importantly the support he gave to families and farms near and far. 

Bill Bradish

J. Russel & Ruth Simpson

J. RUSSEL (born in 1926) & RUTH (born in 1929) SIMPSON – Russel was born near Ridgetown, the son of a renowned livestock man; J. Willard Simpson.  At the age of 19, he took over the management of the family farm after the death of his parents. Shortly after, he purchased a farm in Glencoe and in 1949 began his married life with Ruth. This couple was ambitious, with hard work and resourcefulness they were able to expand their family operation; they were known to say “the eggs and cream paid for the groceries, beef cattle paid the mortgage and the pigs paid the rest of the bills”.  The Simpsons began a flock of purebred Oxfords, as well as having a herd of Angus cattle. Russel has been involved in numerous agricultural organizations; Soil & Crop, a founding member of the Southwestern Ontario Oxford breeders, local 4-H clubs, and along with Ruth; the Glencoe Fair Board. The Simpsons exhibited at the RAWF, winning many prestigious awards; most recently winning both Supreme Champion Ram and Champion Oxford Get of Sire in 2018. This nomination celebrates Russel’s character, philosophy, involvements and innovative attitude, with his life-partner Ruth always at his side.

J. Russel & Ruth Simpson

Laurie Stanton

LAURIE STANTON (born in 1949) – The Stanton Family has been dairy farming in Middlesex County for nearly seventy years. After graduating from the University of Guelph, Laurie returned to the family farm at Hyde Park. As the city of London grew, the Stanton’s moved the farm closer to Ilderton in 2006. This was an opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art facility and environmentally sustainable dairy farm. Working with researchers and universities, Laurie was able to design technologies to maximize efficiencies and minimize environmental impact. The Stanton herd has produced high-quality cattle, in Ontario, Canada and around the world. With this nomination, Laurie’s contribution to agriculture through innovation and genetic development is being recognized.

Laurie Stanton



Year Honoured

Cuddy, Alfred McInroy

  2000 Biography
Broadwell, Charles E.   2007 Biography
Earley, George Graham   2007 Biography
Edwards, Alice Catherine   2009 Biography
Riddell, William Keith   2000 Biography
Stewart, William Atcheson   2000 Biography
Grieve, William Richard   2001 Biography
Hutton, Ken and Dora   2001 Biography
Laidlaw, George Wallace   2001 Biography
Filson, Hugh   2002 Biography
Hughes, John (Bert)   2002 Biography
Whale, I. B.   2002 Biography
Dixon, Andrew   2003 Biography
Long, Gerry and Renie   2003 Biography
Twynstra, Peter   2003 Biography
Frank, William C.   2008 Biography
Gates, Marion   2006 Biography
Guest, Emily Jane   2005 Biography
Hardy, Clarence Alfred   2005 Biography
Lewis, Fred   2004 Biography
McDonald, David   2005 Biography
McGugan, Evan   2009 Biography
Patrick, Joseph H   2008 Biography
Pretty, Dr. Kenneth   2007 Biography
Robson, Tom E   2006 Biography
Saunders, Sir Charles Edward   2004 Biography
Shore, Hardy & Robert “Bob”   2008 Biography
Stewart, Alex M. & John A.   2006 Biography
Switzer, Dr. Clayton   2009 Biography
White, George   2004 Biography
Zavitz, Dr. Charles   2010 Biography
Prestage, Robert “Bob” A.   2010 Biography
Strybosch, John   2010 Biography
Ferguson, Ralph   2011 Biography
William, Weld   2011 Biography
Heard, Richard   2011 Biography
Bedggood, Robert   2012 Biography
Carling, Sir John   2012 Biography
Saunders, William   2012 Biography
Beck, Sir Adam   2013 Biography
The Herbert Family (Bill, Ruth & Jack)   2013 Biography
Seelster Farms and Van Bussel Family   2013 Biography
T. Alex Edwards   2014 Biography
Peter Lewington   2014 Biography
James Murby   2014 Biography
Tom Bradish    2015 Biography
Roy Jewell   2015 Biography

Arthur Blashill

  2016 Biography
Dorinda Greenway   2016 Biography
Kenneth Patterson   2016 Biography
Richard Albert & Henry Noel Gibson   2017 Biography
Dr. Donald Guest Grieve   2017 Biography
Meredith Robb   2017 Biography
Duncan Campbell   2018 Biography
Jack Campbell   2018 Biography
John Campbell   2018 Biography
JJ Johnson   2018 Biography
Colonel Robert McEwen   2019 Biography
Willibrordus & Suzanne Heeman   2019 Biography
Jack & Bea Phillips   2019 Biography
William F. Bradish   2020 Biography
J. Russel & Ruth Simpson   2020 Biography
Laurie Stanton   2020 Biography