The annual induction dinner for the Glengarry Agricultural Wall of Fame takes place on Friday, April 26, at the Metcalfe Centre in Maxville, Ontario. The evening begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and presentations at 7:30 p.m. This year’s inductees are Benoît Duchesne, Carmin Howes, Brian MacNaughton and Carman Rowe. Here is a biography of inductee Carman Rowe.
Carman Rowe purchased Roweselm Farm from his father in 1929, after his marriage to Freda Shouldice.
Carman had registered Holstein cattle, shipping milk to Borden’s in Montreal. A generator powered the milking machine in the barn. Pigs, turkeys and eggs were also produced on the farm Fifteen hundred chicks were picked up in February, and eggs were shipped to Canada Packers each week. Also, a maple bush on the property supplied maple syrup.
Five children were raised—Melvin, Elinor, Helen, Thelma and Sheldon and each were involved with the farm.
Carman saw a need for farmland to be better managed, so he started a small business providing tile drainage to area farmers. Custom threshing was also done.
Carman and Freda were active members of Maxville United Church and the Maxville Curling Club. Carman passed away on November 21, 1995.
Tickets for the Wall of Fame dinner are $35 per person. Admission for children costs $15. Members of the Agricultural Wall of Fame who will have tickets to sell are: Robert D. MacDonald (613-525-3471); Dougall MacLeod (613-525-2327); Warren MacIntosh (613-527-5355); Jack Fraser (613-527-2572); Ray Howes (613-528-4320); Clark McCuaig (613-347-2653); Walter McIntosh (613-528-4694); Carolyn McRae (613-347-2698) and Sharon McDonell (613-347-3981).