Defeating girl competitors

Here’s a photo from the August 23 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a young man who was successful in a competition at the Canadian National Exhibition.

I might be imagining things, but I’m thinking that the caption writer was mocking Fred a bit here for having a hobby that was traditionally enjoyed by girls. But Fred Heagy appears to have done a whole lot of other things too.

A search for his name turned up an official CNE program from 1935 that includes him as the finalist in a piano competition:

There’s always the possibility that this was another Fred Heagy from Stratford, but I think this is the same person. Further searching led to references to Doctor Fred C. Heagy, who co-wrote a number of medical papers (including this one involving unanesthetized dogs), and to the Dr. Fred Heagy Bursary.

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