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Memorable Manitobans: John K. “Jack” McCulloch (1872-1918)


Born at Perth, Ontario on 15 August 1872, he moved to Winnipeg in 1874. He won the Canadian speed skating championship at Montreal in 1893, the American championship at St. Paul in 1896, and the world speed-skating championship at Montreal in 1897. He turned professional in 1897, and gave exhibitions until at least 1907. He was also a successful competitive bicycle rider, and was Manitoba champion from 1890 to 1900. McCulloch also excelled at roller skating, track and field, canoeing, figure skating, and gymnastics. He played hockey with the Winnipeg Victorias. He designed and subsequently manufactured the McCulloch tube skate, as well as opening an early automobile repair shop specializing in racing machines, in partnership with Jimmy Boswell. A founding member of the Winnipeg Automobile Club, he was crippled in an automobile accident in 1908. He died at St. Paul, Minnesota on 26 January 1918. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.


“Jack McCulloch, old time Winnipeg athlete, is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 January 1918, page 15.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2020

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