Mr. Archibald was raised on a farm in Seaforth, Ontario. It was a mixed farm, and Mr. Archibald became interested in livestock judging competitions in Huron County at an early age.
He entered the Ontario Agricultural College in the fall of 1929. He kept “fairly accurate records” of his total cost of his five years at school, which he estimated to come to just a fraction over $2,000.00.
His interest in livestock judging led him to become a member of the team from OAC that went to the World’s Grand Judging Competition in Regina, and his team won. His team placed second in the Dairy Cattle Congress in 1934.
He began his working career at Beatty Brothers in Fergus, Ontario. He next worked at Masters Feeds, which had been owned by Toronto Elevators Limited. Toronto Elevators Ltd amalgamated with Pioneer Cafeteria Feeds. Mr. Archibald was one of the ones responsible for bringing Toronto Elevators, Master Feeds and Maple Leaf Mills, Ltd. together. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Archibald was Senior Vice President of Maple Leaf Mills, Ltd.