Agricultural Hall of Fame

Charles Lawes

2014 Inductee

Charles Lawes
Charles Lawes

Biography

Charles H Lawes’ dedication to family, farming and community service have been high priorities in his life.  He bought his first farm in Brooke Township at 20 years of age. The farm expanded over the years to encompass 250 acres and produced crops common to the area.

He served as an outstanding member of the Lambton Ploughmen’s Association for more than 20 years. Charles was always willing and able to help with organizing plowing matches and his leadership helped secure the I.P.M. (International Plowing Match) held in Enniskillen in 1991.

Charles was very involved in local politics, serving as Councillor, Deputy-Reeve and Reeve of the Township of Brooke. In 1974 he was the first Deputy-Reeve to be elected Warden of Lambton County.

Anyone who ever worked with ‘Charlie’ found he possessed excellent leadership qualities and was a joy to work with.

When he retired from farming he and his wife, Ruth McTavish moved to Inwood.

Community Contributions

  • Secretary/Treasurer of Fairbanks School 1944 – early 1960s
  • 20 years as Director of Lambton County Plowmen’s Association
  • Assisted at International Plowing Match held in Brooke in 1973 & Enniskillen in 1991
  • President of OPA in 1995
  • Councillor for Brooke Township 1965-1967
  • Deputy Reeve & Reeve of Brooke Township 1967 – 1978
  • Warden of Lambton County 1974
  • Alvinston Community Centre Committee representative
  • Brooke Municipal Telephone Board 1981-1991
  • Inwood United Church Member
  • Member of Brooke, Alvinston & Watford Fair Board (president 1971)