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Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Eric “Clare” Geddes (1919-2015)

Farmer, cattle breeder.

Born on 10 April 1919, son of William and Marjorie Geddes, he grew up on a farm near Pilot Mound. After serving five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, he returned home and farmed. In 1957, after reading about Charolais cattle, he bought ten cows and a bull from Texas and introduced the breed to Manitoba, also importing French Charolais from France in 1964. He later exported bulls all over North America and to Great Britain. He served as President of the Canadian Charolais Association (1964-1965) and was a founding director of the Beef Cattle Performance Test Station near Douglas. In 2002, he and his wife Dorothy Jessie Alice McTaggart (1924-2011) were inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. He died at Crystal City on 18 August 2015.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 August 2015

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