Shorthorn Pioneer ─ Rowland Wingfield
(The Guelph Mercury newspaper for Tuesday October 30th, 1888.)
The October (1888) number of the Canadian Livestock and Farm Journal contains the following very interesting paper by Mr. David McCrae.
It is interesting to note how different sections of our country
have taken up different lines of special farming. One is noted for good butter, another for
its cheese factories, excelling in both number and
merit, another horses and cattle.
At the fat stock shows of Christmas and Easter are exhibited
choice animals in great numbers. Many
a good judge does not hesitate to compare a joint of juicy
For breeding pure bred stock, no place has a wider reputation over
the whole continent of
In 1831, four years after John Galt and his band of pioneers had
cut the first tree on the site of
He searched carefully for a homestead. None of the Canada Company’s land was
available near Guelph in a block to suit him, but meeting with Daniel Gibson,
who surveyed part of Puslinch, he was advised to examine a block of land in
that township, about five miles from Guelph.
After going over it, he proceeded to
Next, we hear of him in
With him, came several settlers and servants. Amongst these, were Thomas Phillips, who had first charge, William Thompson, who settled in Puslinch and whose family is still alive, Harry Hoskins, John Perry, two families of Smiths, who afterwards settled in Hamilton, 20 passengers and 19 of a crew.
His farming outfit was perhaps the most complete that ever left
the Mersey for
They left for
A relative of Mr. Wingfield was an officer in the British
regiment, then quartered at
There were fourteen Shorthorns.
Mr. Philip says that some were from the herd of a clergyman, probably
the Reverend Henry Berry. They were
all pedigreed cattle, and the pedigrees were all brought with them. There were three bulls. Comet, the largest and finest, was white,
Forester, roan. He was sold by Mr.
Wingfield and went to the States. The third
was Farmer, a red and white. Ten of
the females were two-year-old heifers.
Favourite was roan, and had afterwards a broken horn. Daisy was roanish red.
Cowslip and Dairymaid were names of others. There was one cow, white; she calved the
day before they went on board at
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