St. Marys Journal Argus
Standing within a few hundred metres of a stationary diesel engine donated to the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame and Museum by Ken and Dora Hutton after it was taken out of service in 1979 from their business, Hutton Farm Supplies in Wellburn, their grandson Graham Hutton stood at the podium on Sunday, June 8, renewing the family’s relationship with the Milton-based institution in an entirely different way.
“This is a great tribute to him and his family, and we’re very honoured,” declared Graham, on the occasion of his father Bob’s induction as one of what are now 203 members of the 35-year-old Hall of Fame.
Dozens of members of Hutton’s immediate and extended family, as well as many community members from the Thorndale and St. Marys area, and business associates from across Ontario’s agricultural input supply sector made the trip to Milton on Sunday to experience the induction. Hutton, who passed away last year, was among four 2014 inductees, and the only one recognized posthumously.
In his acceptance address, Graham Hutton — who took over the reigns of the company which eventually came under the corporate wing of The Agronomy Company of Canada — spoke of the family’s eight decades of toil in the field of agriculture. Ken and Dora, Bob’s parents, were inducted in 2001 to the Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame. And the engine they donated to the Milton museum is proudly displayed near the entrance to the Country Heritage Park that houses both the museum and Hall of Fame — complete with a plaque explaining its perilous voyage across the Atlantic during the Second World War, during which two other vessels carrying similar engines were sunk by German torpedoes.
Jean Hutton also spoke, saying, “Bob would be the first to say that this honour is certainly not his alone, but that it needs to be shared with his family and with those with whom he worked all his life.”