Agricultural Hall of Fame

Lorne Gordon

2010 Inductee

Lorne Gordon
Lorne Gordon

Biography

Lorne was recycling long before the blue box was invented, taking papers and bottles to the depot in Sarnia and metals to London.  Used lumber was never wasted on the Gordon Farm.

It was said that good husbandry was very important to him. Crop rotation and using organic fertilizer were just some of the early practices to which he adhered.

Planting trees along roadsides and around buildings for windbreaks helped stop the movement of loose soil in the summer and snow in the winter on the farm.  Trees were planted along fence lines to control surface water runoff as his farm seemed to be a bit lower than his neighbours and was often flooded.

Gordon also planted trees along an open ditch and planted a woodlot on an established gully.

Reforesting after logging for lumber and fuel for cooking and heating were important practices for Lorne.

Lorne Gordon was the first ever Hall of Fame inductee. Lorne lived on Gordon Line in the former Bosanquet Township, on a road now named in his memory.

Gordon was an active member in the local farm forum meetings that extended education to the rural areas from 1941 to 1965.

In 1966 Gordon and his son were named Ontario hay & silage kings, awarded 216 points out of 250 for “whole plant corn silage.”

Gordon continuously updated the equipment on his home dairy operation with modern technology and also did some custom work for his neighbours.

He purchased his first tractor in 1944 and eventually expanded with a forage harvester, self-unloading wagons, balers, sprayer combine and self-unloading hoper wagons.

Lorne Grodon died in 1994 at age 87. His grandson Bill Gordon now runs the home farm and fondly remembers all his grandfather taught him about farming.

Community Contributions

  • Member of Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Lambton County Milk committee
  • Founding Member of Bluewater Transport Company
  • Sponsor of World Vision children
  • Member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Thedford, served as Elder, Clerk of Session s and on the Board of Managers
  • Trustee and Secretary-Treasurer for SS. No 6 Bosanquet School
  • Cemetery Board Member
  • Active member of the Arkona Seniors Group

Induction into the Agricultural Hall of Fame

Click on the images below to enlarge them.  Lorne’s son, Neil Gordon, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.