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In 1988, the Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame was created to honour those that demonstrated unselfish achievement within the realm of agriculture and service to the rural community.
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Prince, Stanley T.

- 1989

Inducted: November 29, 1989

Stanley Prince was still working hard on the farm after his 90th birthday, an example and an inspiration for the entire community.

Mr. Prince was born near North Buxton in Raleigh Township in 1894, the son of Thomas and Julia Prince. His grandfather, Edward Prince, was a former slave who made his way from South Carolina to Kent County in the 1850s.

His earliest farming recollection is of hoeing corn as a boy; and after his marriage to Gertrude Shreve, he supported a growing family with farming. For many years, the Prince farm was a general purpose farm which provided all but a few staples.

Mr. Prince, with other farmers in the area, established a Farmers' Co-Operative which sold fertilizer and other farm needs at lower prices. The group acquired an old railroad station as the centre of the business.

His grandson, Bryan Prince, said his grandfather was "an incredibly strong and hard-working man." "He worked every day, and worked hard, until he was past 90." Mr. Prince was a hog buyer for some years, with a business in North Buxton.

A few weeks before his 95th birthday he said farming in some ways has become easier through mechanization; but there is one major problem, "You have to make a big investment, and the crop prices often are not high enough to justify it."