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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).

Sources:

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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