Albright, William Donald National Historic Person

Beaverlodge, Alberta
Image not available (© Parcs Canada/Parks Canada 2011)
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(© Parcs Canada/Parks Canada 2011)
Address : Beaverlodge, Alberta

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1954-06-07
Life Date: 1881 to 1946

Other Name(s):
  • Albright, William Donald  (Designation Name)
  • Albright, Walter  (Other Name)

Importance: Journalist and agriculturalist, promoted development of Peace River district


Existing plaque: Beaverlodge Research Farm Beaverlodge Research Farm, Beaverlodge, Alberta

Albright was born at South Cayuga, Ontario. Having studied at the Ontario Agricultural College he entered the field of farm journalism and, in 1908, became editor of the Farmers' Advocate. In 1913 he moved west and settled at Beaverlodge, Alberta. Here, on his farm, the Beaverlodge Experimental Station was established in 1917. As superintendent of that station (1919-45), Albright made significant contributions to western agriculture which were publicly recognized in 1946 when the University of Alberta awarded him a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.