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Memorable Manitobans: John William Cormack (1896-1987)

Farmer, community activist.

Born at Rossburn on 29 August 1896, son of George Cormack and Margaret Sinclair, in 1913 he attended the Manitoba Agricultural College then began farming near Rossburn. He retired from farming in 1965. He helped to establish the Rossburn Cooperative Elevator Association in 1928 and served as its President for seven years. He was Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Rossburn (1931-1937) and Mayor of Rossburn (1968-1970). He helped to form the Rossburn Credit Union and Rossburn Consumers Co-op Store, serving on the board for the latter for 18 and being President for 13 years. He was a Justice of the Peace from 1945 to 1975 and a Director of the Rossburn Agricultural Society for 55 years. He was Chairman, Session Clerk, and Secretary for the Rossburn United Church. He moved to Winnipeg around 1979 and died there on 19 January 1987. He was buried in the Rossburn Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1987, page 43.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2015

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