|Presentation of an Honorary Degree to Hantelman, L.H., 1955 (Photograph Collecion, A-1676)|
Convocation date: May 13, 1955
Discipline / contribution: public service ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Mr.Louis Henry Hantelman.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mr.Hantelman was born and educated at Dubuque, Iowa. He first came to Canada in 1905 and started farming in the Rouleau district. He was in that district on the day that Saskatchewan was proclaimed a province. Thus his Golden Jubilee as a Saskatchewan farmer coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the province of Saskatchewan. He represents the pioneers whom Saskatchewan is honouring this year.
He was a pioneer too in the mechanization of agriculture. I am sure that he remembers very clearly, and perhaps with mixed feelings, that
110 horsepower steam giant that he used on his farm at Rouleau. This was followed by the less formidable but more intricate and temperamental "Oil-Pull." Number 362!
He organized and managed one of Saskatchewan's earliest baseball clubs - and followed its activities in a Model T, single-seated runabout.
Shortly after war broke out in 1914, Mr. Hantelman gave up farming to take up arms on Canada's behalf. He organized and trained the Rouleau Detachment which became part of the 46th Battalion as reinforcements. To remain with his men when they went to France he reverted from the rank of captain to lieutenant. In the struggle which followed he was wounded. His unit was discharged in Moose Jaw in June, 1919.
"Following the war he started farming again, this time at Plato, where he developed a very successful farming enterprise.
He has always been interested in people and in their welfare - particularly in young people and has been active in agricultural society work and in junior clubs.
In the larger sphere of public service he has a distinguished record. He served his constituency as a member of the Legislature of Saskatchewan for ten years; gave of his time and talents to this university as a member of the Board of Governors for nine years, and, in 1946 was chosen as the first chairman if the university Hospital board.
He has assisted many worthy students financially, usually as an anonymous donor.
Mr Hantelman is a pioneer who was here before Saskatchewan existed as a province; he is a leader in the field of farming and the progress and stability of agriculture; although not a native of Canada, he fought for her; he has had a distinguished record of service in public life; he has helped many and few knew where the help came from; he is a man of wisdom and generous heart.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the senate of this university I ask that you confer on Mr.Hantelman the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: V.E. Graham, Dean of Agriculture
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