1913, Ralph Erdman was born in Barons, one of the largest Estonian settlements in
Alberta. He completed his
elementary and high school at the Barons Consolidated School and
went on to earn his Diploma in Agriculture from the Claresholm School
of Agriculture in 1930 and, eventually, a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agriculture
from the University of Alberta. Upon obtaining his Master's
Degree, Mr. Erdman took a position with the Soils Department at the University
of Alberta where he remained for 10 years. In 1947 he became the Soil Specialist for
the University of Lethbridge Experimental farm. Ralph Erdman was
also an Assessor for the M.D. of Willow Creek, Claresholm. He was extremely interested in grains and grain production and
started to exhibit grain
at many different agricultural shows throughout North America. In 1956 and again in 1957, Erdman
won the Reserve Championship for wheat at the Chicago
International Exposition, when he showcased samples of durum wheat.
In 1961, he was honored with winning the World's Wheat Grand
Championship at the Toronto Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, when
once again he brought a sample of his prized Stewart Durum wheat
weighing 68 pounds to the bushel.
This digital collection was
produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital
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