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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander “Alex” Stow (1928-2019)

Seed grower.

Born at Graysville on 2 June 1928, son of Thomas James “Jimmie” Stow (1899-1967) and Nora Estella “Bessie” Murray (1905-1997), he worked on the family farm and attended Graysville School until grade 11. He eventually specialized in seed growing, establishing Stow Seed Processors and operating seed-cleaning plants at Graysville, Elgin, and Cardale. He served for two years as President of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame (2009). He died at Carman on 20 March 2019.

Sources:

Marriage registration [Thomas James Stow and Nora Estella Bessie Murray], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Bessie Stow], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1997, page 31.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 2019.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 March 2019

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