The following data is extracted from The Book of Clevelanders, A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland, Burrows Book Company, 1914.
Rankin, John; cement contractor; born, Glasgow, Scotland, Dec. 12, 1878; son of John and Elizabeth Wilson Rankin; educated, Alexander School. Glasgow; married, Cleveland, O., March 9, 1910, Margaret Brocklehurst; issue, Elizabeth Watson, Rebecca Margaret, John Ambler; gunner 82nd Light Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, 1897-1900; foreman on the concrete Breakwaters, Clyde, built by the Glasgow Harbor Trust; came to Canada in 1902, and filled important concrete contract at Indian Head, and elsewhere in Saskatchewan; came to Cleveland in 1907, and engaged in same business here; installed the only reinforced platform in the city. Recreations: Horsemanship and Automobiling.
Source: The Book of Clevelanders, A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland, Burrows Book Company, 1914