Harry-Jae Elder, farm leader and involved citizen, was born at Fillmore August 9, 1931 . After graduating from Fillmore High School he obtained his diploma from the University of Saskatchewan School of Agriculture.
Harry-Jae farmed all his life at Fillmore, growing grain crops and raising pigs, cattle and sheep. In the late 1970s he taught short courses in farm management and livestock production at Star Blanket, White Bear and Carry the Kettle Reserves.
He was prominent in the formation of the Saskatchewan Hog Marketing Commission and served as its first chairman from 1972-76. He was first chairman of the Saskatchewan Beef Stabilization Board in the period 1981-85. He served several years as chairman of the Saskatchewan Natural Products Marketing Council starting in 1981. He was a charter member of the National Farmers Union. He was elected Saskatchewan 's representative on the Canadian Pork Council and in 1975 was national president. He was a founder of the Family Farm Foundation in 1984 and was chairman of the board until 1998. This foundation does research on agricultural issues.
Harry-Jae was elected to the Senior Grain Transportation Committee in 1988 and served for six years. In 1982 he was named an honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and in 1997 was named to the Wall of Honour at the University of Saskatchewan College of Education.
He made an outstanding contribution to 4-H in Saskatchewan . He served as local 4-H leader for 20 years, from 1954-74 helping organize a multiple club before such a structure became popular. He believed in hands-on learning for young people and encouraged members to help build their community. He initiated an International 4-H Exchange that saw Weyburn 4-H District send young people to Iowa and then host Iowa 4-Hers. He served as president of the District 7 4-H Council and secretary-treasurer of the Saskatchewan 4-H Council 1964-68. He was a founder of the 4-H Foundation and promoted the construction of Camp Rayner which opened when he was a council member.
Locally he served as chairman of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool committee, on the church board and on the fund raising committee that obtained $350,000 for the T.C. Douglas Calvary Centre restoration in Weyburn. He ran for the NDP in Weyburn constituency.
He passed away January 16, 1998 .