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The Bredt Trophy

Our History: April 1961

This photo from our April 27, 1961 issue shows Tom Watson, president of the Elkhorn-Arawana Crop Improvement Club, receiving the Bredt Trophy from Manitoba Pool Elevators director G.G. Jamieson. The trophy was named in honour of Paul Bredt, MPE’s second president, who was credited with steering the company through the difficult times of the 1930s. Bredt died of a heart attack while speaking to the annual meeting of Alberta Pool in 1940.

The trophy was awarded to Manitoba crop improvement clubs based on scores on the seed plots of members, club activities, and overall usefulness of the club in the community. The Elkhorn-Arawana had received 937 points out of a possible 1,000 that year.

Former Co-operator reporter Ron Friesen has been asked to prepare an article on Bredt for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and is looking for information on the trophy, which apparently has not been awarded for many years. Any readers with information on the Bredt Trophy, or who know of its whereabouts can contact Ron at (204) 233-4446 or [email protected].

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