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Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Conklin (1876-1955)

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John Henry Conklin
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Educator, physician, municipal official.

Born at Holyoake, Massachusetts on 6 January 1876, he came to Manitoba in 1882. He taught school for a time, including service as the Principal of Cartwright School (1899-1900) and Melita School (1900-1903). He then attended the Manitoba Medical College and graduated in 1907. He practiced at Alexander for three years before moving to St. James where he practiced for 36 years. During the First World War, he served as a Captain and Medical Health Officer with the Canadian Army Medical Corps, stationed at Folkstone, England then in France (1917-1918).

On 20 July 1910, he married Flora Mabel Yeomans (1891-1975) in the RM of Whitehead. They had four children: Flora Gladys Conklin (1911-2011, wife of Aidan H. Conklin), John Murray Conklin (1914-1980), Mary Janet Conklin (1915-2000, wife of H. E. Carter), and Robert Roscoe Conklin (1921-2000). He was a member of the St. James municipal council for six years and was a school trustee for 25 years, being Board Chairman for part of this time.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 August 1955 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1955, page 23.

“36 years in St. James, doctor dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1955, page 32.

We thank Murray Conklin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 March 2016

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