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Vol III, 1916

A.W. Bowen & Co. Halifax

Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens
and Genealogical Records of the Old Families

William Saxby Blair

One of the efficient educationists of Nova Scotia who is doing his full share in making our schools what they should be in this age of culture and learning, is William Saxby BLAIR of Kentville, where he is in charge of the Agricultural Farm. He has made advanced methods of scientific and intensive farming a specialty and is doing as much, if not more, than any other man in eastern Canada to encourage better methods of farming. He has done much to break down the old-time prejudice against learning how to farm from books, showing that if the largest results are to be obtained nowadays from the soil, brains must be used as well and brawn. The good he is thus doing is far-reaching.

Mr. BLAIR was born at Onslow, Nova Scotia, August 24, 1873, and is a son of Lieut.-Col. William M. BLAIR of Truro, for many years a well known and influential citizen of that place.

Our subject was educated in the public schools of his native town where he grew to manhood, later attending the schools of Wolfville and Sackville. he spent one winter at the Ontario Business College, Belleville, Ontario. This was followed by two years at Mt. Allison Academy, taking in addition to the regualr course of studies, chemistry, physics, botany and genealogy. Two years were spent at the Nova Scotia Horticultural School, Wolfville, from which a diploma was granted. When attending the horticultural school special, studies were taken in the natural sciences at Acadia College. He made a special study of horticulture and became one of the best informed men of this science in the Maritime Provinces. He was in charge of the horticultural work at the Maritime Experiment Farm at Nappan, Nova Scotia, from 1896 to 1905, where he did a most commendable work. On April 19, 1907, he became assistant professor of horticulture at MacDonald College, Province of Quebec, Canada, and there continued to teach until October 5, 1909, when he was advanced to professor of horticulture there, which position he held until in June, 1912, when he was appointed head of the Experimental Station for the Annapolis Valley, at Kentville, Nova Scotia, and here he has remained to the present time, giving his usual satisfaction and high-grade services. He is not only a close student but a carful observer of all that pertains to his line of work, and therefore has kept well abreast of the times, particularly in the field of horticulture, in which he is a recognized authority.

Mr. BLAIR was married in 1898, to Lena Z. BAIRD, of Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. He is a Presbyterian.