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Memorable Manitobans: Leonard A. Barkman (1920-1979)

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Leonard A. Barkman
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Merchant, municipal official, MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973).

Born at Steinbach on 12 July 1920, son of Jacob F. Barkman (1883-1949) and Margaret Dyck (1884-1970), he owned and operated dealerships for International Harvester Implements, General Motors, and appliances. He was also an auctioneer and had a hobby farm.

He served on the Steinbach town council (1959-1958), was Mayor of Steinbach (1959-1970), and was an MLA for three terms, being elected in 1962, re-elected in 1966 and 1969, and defeated in 1973. In 1945, he married Agnes Reimer (1919-2002) and they had three daughters and one son. He served on the board of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. In 1974, he received a Good Citizenship Award from the Tourist and Convention Association of Manitoba.

He died at Steinbach on 5 January 1979 and was buried in the Steinbach Memorial Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1979, page 109.

Obituary [Agnes Barkman], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 2002.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba), and Ed Krahn.

Page revised: 2 February 2022

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