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Robert Dawson

Robert Dawson

Male 1830 - 1912  (81 years)

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  • Name Robert Dawson 
    Born 23 Jul 1830  Strathdon, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1871  Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    farmer 
    Occupation 1881  Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    farmer 
    Occupation 1891  South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    farmer 
    Died 19 May 1912  Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Interesting invention, agriculture 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-1068 
    Buried Paris Cemetery, Paris, Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1068  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Family Sarah Cowan,   b. 30 Jul 1829, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1896, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Children 
     1. William G. Dawson,   b. 5 Dec 1867, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1935, Woodstock, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. John Alexander Dawson,   b. 27 Mar 1869, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1942, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Robert Cowan Dawson,   b. Sep 1871, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940, Burford, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F51887  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jul 1830 - Strathdon, , Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert Dawson
    Robert Dawson

  • Notes 
    • On a farm just outside of Galt Robert Dawson developed "Dawson's Golden Chaff" a variety of wheat made popular for more that 40 years. After a storm badly damaged his wheat crop he noticed one plant that had survived. He saved the seeds and planted them and the characteristics of the plant proved useful and after a few years and for the next forty his grain was widely used by him and other farmers. He moved to the Paris area and is buried in the Paris Cemetery.


      Cambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

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      The naming of a select strain of wheat as "Dawson's Golden Chaff" honored Robert Dawson, a farmer Galt, born in Aberdeenshire Scotland, who was responsible for its development.

      In 1881 Dawson, living on land which became the Galt Country Club on Coronation Blvd., owned a field of storm-flattened winter wheat called Red Dawson. While walking in the field in the spring, he noticed standing alone one plant obviously unusually vigorous, that had withstood the adverse weather. He saved the plant and in a few years produced enough grain to seed his own farm and sell a quantity to a neighbor. The Ontario Agricultural College purchased some of the wheat, and on testing it in their plots discovered that it far out yielded all other varieties. They gave it the name "Dawson's Golden Chaff." This variety is, in 1972, still being used in test plots at Guelph to improve new varieties of wheat.


      The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Dawson's Golden Chaff

      Dawson's came from a single plant selected from a field of Clawson wheat in 1881 by Robert Dawson, Paris, Ontario. It was distributed by the Ontario Agricultural College and has been a eading variety in Ontario for over 50 years. It is widely adapted to the main winter wheat areas of Ontario, and registered seed stocks have been produced for many years. Loose smut has been a troublesome disease in Dawson's Golden Chaff and much of the former acreage devoted to this variety has been replaced by the more resistant Cornell 595. Dawson's is a high quality soft white winter wheat for the pastry flour trade, as well as a strong strawed, high yielding variety in the field.

      Spring and winter wheat for Eastern Canada by Fraser, J. G. C; Whiteside, A. G. O; Canada. Dept. of Agriculture Publication date 1952 Publisher Ottawa : Canada Dept. of Agriculture

      https://archive.org/details/springwinterwhea00fras

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      Early Genesee Giant. This variety has been grown on the plots for two years, but owing to the lateness of receiving the seed in 1892 the results were not reported the first year. It stood fourth in general appearance of standing grain, and seventh in yield of threshed grain, among eighty varieties grown this year. The straw is tall and fairly strong, the heads bearded and quite compact, the chaff red and the grain white.

      The above mentioned varieties have all been offered by leading seedsmen over Ontario for at least two years, with the exception of the Dawson's Golden Chaff which was not advertised in the seedsmen's catalogues previous to this season. In 1881 Mr. Robert Dawson, of Paris, Ont., had a field of the Seneca, or Clawson in which he found one plant quite distinct and much superior to the rest of the crop. Mr. Dawson sowed the grain from this plant, and has continued to grow this wheat since that time. This variety has been extensively grown in the vicinity of Paris for the past few years; but it was practically unknown over Ontario until tested at the experimental station along with many old and new varieties, and the comparative results published.

      Sessional Papers. Vol. XXVII- Part IV., First Session Eight Legislature of the Province of Ontario, Session 1895.

      TORONTO: PRINTED FOR LUD. K. CAMERON, QUEEN'S PRINTER, BY WARWICK BROS & RUTTER 68 and 70 FRONT STREET WEST 1895.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S2173] Find A Grave, Robert Dawson (1830 - 1912) - Find A Grave Memorial. (2017). Findagrave.com. Retrieved 11 July 2017, from https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=142532789.

    2. [S2431] Census - Canada - 1891, Census Place: Dumfries South, Brant North, Ontario; Roll: T-6325; Family No: 10.
      Robert Dawson, 60, b. Scotland farmer
      Sarah 61 b. Ontario
      William 24 b. Ontario - farmer
      John 22 b. Ontario - farmer
      Robert 20 b. Ontario - farmer

    3. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 8303 (1912), Robert Dawson.
      Robert Dawson, b. Jul 1830, Scotland, d. 19 May 1912 Burford, widowed. informant John A. Dawson of Paris,

    4. [S298] Census - Canada - 1881, Census Place: Burford, Brant South, Ontario; Roll: C_13263; Page: 27; Family No: 123.
      Robert Dawson, 50 b. Scotland, farmer
      Sarah 51, Ontario
      William G., 13, Ontario
      John A. 11, b. Ontario
      Robert C. 10 b. Ontario
      Charles 41, b. Scotland

    5. [S2430] Census - Canada - 1871, Census Place: Burford, Brant South, Ontario; Roll: C-9914; Page: 47; Family No: 171.
      Robert Dawson, 40, b. Scotland, farmer
      Sarah 41 b. Ontario
      William 3, b. Ontario
      John 2, b. Ontario
      Robert 6/12 b. Ontario
      Maggie Myers, 27 b. Ontario

    6. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.