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Memorable Manitobans: Stanley Joseph Ferns (1888-?)

Civil servant.

Born in London, Ontario, he came west temporarily in 1905 with a harvest excursion. He moved to Calgary in 1910 and worked at a series of jobs, including assistant janitor at a school, until becoming manager of a Canadian Pacific Railway demonstration poultry farm in Strathmore, Alberta, in 1917. From 1923 to 1928 he worked as an itinerant poultry inspector for the Dominion Department of Agriculture. He moved to Winnipeg in 1929 to work as a federal employee with the poultry industry in Manitoba, which he did until 1954. In 1956 he joined the Manitoba Turkey Association as secretary-manager, and he served there until 1964. His autobiography, written with his son H. S. Ferns, was published in 1978 as Eighty-Five Years in Canada.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 7 March 2008

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