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Archives of the Agricultural Experience: Fred F. Parkinson


Fred F. Parkinson

Biographical Sketch

Fred Freeman Parkinson was born in Roland, Manitoba in the early-1890s. Parkinson started Badger school at the age of seven before attending the Manitoba Agricultural College from 1911 to 1916. "Parkie", as he was known to his classmates, participated in track events, skating, snowshoeing, basketball, and football while attending M.A.C. He was also an avid baseball and lacrosse player while back home in Roland. Parkinson demonstrated his agricultural abilities through various competitions. While in college, Parkinson won a cup for stock judging and was awarded a cup for plowing in Roland. He spent the summer of 1915 as a chief mechanic at the Brandon Agricultural Farm before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Manitoba in 1916. Following his graduation, Parkinson became an assistant in the Extension Section of the school. Parkinson later moved to Alberta where he became an agricultural engineer for the provincial Department of Agriculture while residing in Edmonton.

Scope and Content

The collection contains notebooks with class notes taken by Parkinson while a student at the Manitoba Agricultural College.  They cover a variety of subjects related to agriculture.  The fonds also includes a variety of M.A.C. and Faculty of Agriculture publications (1911-1966) and several pieces of correspondence related to the Faculty of Agriculture’s Diamond Anniversary in 1966. Photographs from Parkinson's time at the Manitoba Agricultural College dating 1911-1916 are included in the photograph collection.


Collection Reference: MSS 97, PC 94 (A.93-86)
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1966
Collection Contents: 25 cm of textual records, 6 photographs
Access Conditions: None


Fred F. Parkinson fonds

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