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Percy J. Wallace

Percy J. Wallace
Percy J. Wallace

Eminent Farmer

County: Marshall

Percy J. Wallace of Britton, South Dakota, has been a life-time leader in soil, water and wildlife conservation.

The farm where he lives has been under Wallace supervision since Percy’s father took over in 1883.

Throughout his life, Mr. Wallace has followed the philosophy of life that he should try to leave the world in a better condition than it was when he found it. This philosophy is illustrated by his community activities, particularly in two county organizations, the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Crop Improvement Association.

Wallace is a charter member and has been honored for services in both organizations. Two years ago, he received the only plaque of its kind to be given in the county from the CIA for his many years of help. For outstanding accomplishments in soil conservation, he has received three plaques from the county district.

In 1951, the Ipswich chapter of Future Farmers of America named him Honorary Farmer of the Year, an annual award given to an outstanding county agriculturist.

In addition, Wallace is an Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation farm program promoter, has served 12 years on the Township Board, and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He was active in getting rural electrification into the area, which resulted in the formation of the Lake Region Electrical Association.

The Wallace’s have two daughters. Marlene is a senior pharmacy student at State College, and Joyce, now Mrs. George Hove, teaches first grade in the Federal School at Eagle Butte, South Dakota.