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Memorable Manitobans: Jack St. John (1906-1965)

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Jack St. John
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Pharmacist, MLA (1954-1957).

Born on 20 September 1906 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, son of Bertram A. and Maud L. St. John, he was educated at the University of Manitoba, and played on its 1928 Allan Cup hockey team. He later played professionally for St. Louis and Buffalo. A pharmacist, he was the proprietor of the Rexall Drug Company, Jack St. John Limited, and Osborne Holding Company, and served on the board for Winnipeg Enterprises.

On 26 September 1942, he married Ragna Johnson, daughter of Gisli Johnson, of Winnipeg. They had one son: Jack David St. John. He was a Winnipeg city alderman for Ward Two from 1944 to 1953, then served as MLA for Winnipeg Centre from 1953 to 1958. While alderman he was an advocate of metropolitian government. As MLA, he led the attacks against the coloured margarine ban and the CBC’s Winnipeg monopoly.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 146 West Gate, on 7 May 1965 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.

Sources:

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1956.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1965, page 25.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 July 2012

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