Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:

Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: John Allan Snow (1824-1888)


Born in Hull Township, Lower Canada, he was educated at St. Lawrence Academy in Potsdam, New York, and trained as a surveyor. Chosen in 1868 to head the road-building team constructing the road from Lake of the Woods to Upper Fort Garry that would become the Dawson Road, he was assaulted by some of his workmen, who were subsequently convicted in the Red River Court. He was himself convicted of selling liquor to the Indians. His critics said he supplied liquor in return for being allowed to purchase Indian land, especially at Oak Point. He was virtually the only Canadian official left at liberty in the Red River Settlement in December 1869, and he supplied food to the prisoners at Upper Fort Garry. He later worked as an engineer and surveyor in Quebec and in Western Canada. He died in Ottawa.

More information:

John Allan Snow, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XI, 841-43.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 8 March 2008

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.