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Memorable Manitobans: James Drysdale Deveson (1913-1993)

Farmer, businessman.

Born on the family farm in the Inkerman district on 4 February 1913, son of George Mauser Deveson (?-1961) and Verna Elizabeth Drysdale (?-1978), he was educated at the Inkerman School. He farmed and was active in the Beautiful Plains Agricultural Society, serving as its President and Stock Show Chairman. He served as trustee and secretary-treasurer for the Inkerman School District for 26 years. In the early 1940s, he was elected to the Arden board of the Manitoba Pool Elevators, becoming a Provincial Director in 1956. He was President of the company from 1977 to 1980. During this period, he also served on the Board of Governors for the University of Manitoba. He was a member of the Odd Fellows (Arden Lodge), Neepawa Rebekahs, and Neepawa Rotary Club (President, 1986-1987). He died at Neepawa on 19 September 1993 and was buried in the Neepawa Riverside Cemetery. In 1995, he was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1993, page 22.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2015

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