University Archives & Special Collections, Rutherford fonds, MG 480. (Patrick Hayes)

William Rutherford

The above image is the “Winners of the Eaton Trophy — Manitoba Lawn Bowling Tournament — Aug 1925.”

The Saskatoon team featured from left to right: lead P. Steele (photographer), third W. Lockhart (tailor), skip W.J. Rutherford (Dean of Agriculture), and his son, second Jack Rutherford (student).

The senior Rutherford was a keen sportsman but because of a childhood leg injury was restricted to lawn bowling and curling — sports at which he excelled.

Rutherford unquestionably created a College of Agriculture that served well the people of the province and “had more to do with the shaping of agricultural policies than any other man in Saskatchewan.”

He died unexpectedly in 1930 and was missed by the campus and wider community alike.

Walter Murray wrote that Rutherford was considered “a great teacher, thorough and explicit,” with “a rare gift for friendship.”

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