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Murray James Selves

Male 1934 - 1985  (51 years)


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  • Name Murray James Selves 
    Born 13 Jun 1934  Fullarton Twp. Perth Co. Ont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Aug 1985  Grand Bend, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Kirkton Union Cemetery, Usborne Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00090  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2020 

    Father Ernest Benjamin Selves,   b. 20 Feb 1903, Blanshard Twp., Perth Co. Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1987, St. Marys, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Annie Gilfillan Colquhoun,   b. 8 Jul 1904, Fullarton Twp., Perth Co. Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1974, Fullarton Twp. Perth Co. Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1933  Fullarton Twp Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0028  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Laura Mae Greenwood 
    Children 
     1. Joanne Margaret Selves
     2. Kathryn Jeanette Selves
     3. Bradley John Selves
     4. Michael James Selves
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F0040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Following high school, Murray attended the Ontario Agriculture College at Guelph (later becoming part of the University of Guelph). With the assistance of his father, a farm near the village of Fullarton was purchased and modifications made to turn it into a swine operation. Using his college connections, his farm became an experimental field site for numerous farming innvations with a free flow of information and assistance between the college and the farm. He is credited with several advancements in swine feeding techniques, housing and associated equipment.

      In the early years, in association with Malcolm Davidson, he designed , manufactured and marketed several manure handling systems. However, this business aspect conflicted with his true love of farming, and the business was sold. The accidental death of his associate, Malcolm, a few years later, made him realize that there was more to life that the intense farm focus that he had kept for many years. As his family grew and his operation expanded, he turned more of the daily operations over to his farm manager and other hired employees. For several years he and Laurie were able to enjoy some leisure time -- something very scarce in earlier years.

      A new love -- sailing-- appeared and many hours were enjoyed aboard his sailboat on the waters of Lake Huron and docked at Grand Bend. Unfortunately, this new love was a factor in his premature death. On a sunny August day in 1985, while swimming from his boat in the waters of Lake Huron, he indicated to his sister-in-law that he was in need of the life-ring being carried on the boat. By the time that the ring arrived, he had disappeared beneath the surface and they were unable to locate him. His body was not recovered until a day or two later. Medical reports indicated that he had drowned and were unable to confirm suspicions that a heart condition may also have been a factor.

      The farm continued to function under Laurie's direction and son Michael as manager along with other hired help. The progressive reputation established by Murray continued in the following years.

      Item of note:
      Murray's swine operation was the first in the province to use a methane capturing process and become fully selfsufficient from an energy point of view.


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