Frank Leith Skinner
Frank Leith Skinner, farmer, horticulturalist (b at Rosehearty, Scot 5 May 1882; d at Dropmore, Man 27 Aug 1967). After schooling in Aberdeen,Scotland, he immigrated to Dropmore in 1895 and ran a large grain and stock farm with his brother. In a search for hardy varieties able to withstand the harsh climate, he pioneered horticulture on the Canadian prairie. Skinner introduced many economically important fruits and shrubs, at first as a hobby, but after 1924, as part of a nursery business. He wrote widely in popular and scientific literature and served as president of the Manitoba Horticultural Society.