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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob John Siemens (1896-1963)

Farm leader.

Born near Altona on 23 May 1896, he was educted at the Mennonite Educational Institute and Manitoba Normal School. He was an active member of the co-operative movement, and helped found over 30 co-operatives in the region. An advocate of agricultural education, he organized the Rhineland Agricultural Institute for youth training in 1937 and helped found the Western Co-operative College at Saskatoon. During the Second World War he advocated the growth of sunflowers and marketed the idea of extracting oil from them, eventually organizing Co-op Vegetable Oils Limited in Altona. He was a candidate in the 1958 federal general election but came in a distant fourth place. He is a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

See also:

The Spirit of the Post Road by R. R. Myer (1955).

In Search of Utopia by E. K. Francis (1955).


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 November 2017

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