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Title: Trophy
Identifier: 2002.1.2
Donor: Bill Gray
Item Date: 1940-1955
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A metal urn-shaped trophy mounted onto a dark coloured wood base. Metal screws affix the cup to the base "Gordon Graydon won by St Lawrence Starch Co. P.C." is engraved on the metal cup of the trophy. "Wm A. Rogers" is indicated on the label on the bottom. History: Besides national sports, St. Lawrence Starch Company was a very strong supporter of local sports teams. They sponsored many local hockey teams and events such as curling tournaments. The St. Lawrence Starch Company was founded in 1889 by John Gray. It was a corn wet-milling operation with the purpose of producing starch and glucose from corn. Many of the product lines produced by St. Lawrence Starch are still in use today such as Durham Starch and Bee Hive Corn Syrup. Food products were only a small portion of the business done at St. Lawrence Starch as starch is an additive in many industrial products such as cement and plastic. St. Lawrence Starch was located at the bottom of Hurontario Street and Lakeshore Road in Port Credit. It was a major industry for this area. The milling operation closed down in 1990 due to competition and high tariffs on corn. In 1993 St. Lawrence Starch announced a marketing alliance with Cargill, Minneapolis, which provides Cargill with exclusive sales services of corn sweeteners and corn starches in the Canadian Market. For more information on the St Lawrence Starch Company, see "St Lawrence Starch 100 Years 1889-1989". Gordon Graydon (1896- 1965?) became the House Leader of the Opposition in 1943-45. He attended Brampton High School and later attended the University of Toronto for Political Science graduating in 1924. In 1933 he became the youngest man to become the President of the Peel County Conservative Association. He held the federal seat of Peel from 1935 to 1953. As the Leader of the Opposition, he was well respected and acted as the Canadian delegate to the San Francisco World Conference and as the delegate in London for the Preparatory Committee of the Unite Nations in 1945. Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School and Gordon Graydon Sr. Elementary School were named after him for his many achievements.
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