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Memorable Manitobans: John M. Schank (1858-?)

Farmer, civil servant.

Born in Kaister Township, Ontario on 17 February 1858, son of John W. Schank and Eleanor Gawne, he had limited formal education, working on a farm as a child, later having a job hewing logs and shipping them to Saginaw, Michigan. He later worked for seven years as a building contractor. In 1896 he came to Manitoba and took up a farm on Section 10, Township 16, Range 24. He later purchased 320 acres of farmland near Shoal Lake that he sold at a profit. He was also a stockholder in the Great Western Oil Company. In 1908 he was appointed Sheriff of the Shoal Lake County Court. He was a member of the provincial police force.

On 26 March 1881, he married Agnes C. Schneider at Almont, Michigan. They had five children: Elva M. Schank (wife of George Squires), John E. Schank, Benjamin F. Schank, Agnes L. Schank (wife of Harvey Modill), and Cassius M. Schank. He was a member of the Masons, Good Templars, Loyal Orange Lodge, and the Methodist Church.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2010

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